Cambs League: Houghton & Wyton show their quality to stay top of fellow locals Fenstanton in title race

Marc Puckering (centre) scored for Houghton & Wyton in their victory against Mildenhall United. Pict

Marc Puckering (centre) scored for Houghton & Wyton in their victory against Mildenhall United. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Houghton & Wyton picked up from where they left off by making a winning start to 2016 last Saturday.

Steve Jeffs’ side preserved their position at the top of the Cambs League Division 2B table with a 4-1 victory against Mildenhall United.

Stephen Johnson, Sean Cane, Charlie Smith and Marc Puckering hit the goals in what boss Jeffs described as a “gutsy performance full of quality football in tough conditions.”

They remain clear of title rivals Fenstanton by virtue of a superior goal difference.

Fenstanton were also successful last Saturday as top-scorer Ben Hall hit a hat-trick, which included a goal-of-the-season contender, in a 6-1 rout of Wisbech St Mary A.

Ross Fairley also struck twice with Adam Berrill the other player to find the net.

AFC Barley Mow failed to win a Cambs League match for the first time last Saturday.

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The Division 3B table-toppers were held to a surprise 2-2 draw by strugglers Burwell Swifts.

They twice hit the front courtesy of goals from Luke Gove and Jack Cleghorn, but were pegged back on each occasion.

It brought a 14-match winning streak in all competitions during their debut Saturday football season to an end.

Barley Mow’s setback means Fenland side Outwell Swifts now possess the only remaining 100 per cent record in the entire Cambs League. They top the Kershaw Senior A Division table.

The Mow men are one of two local sides involved in Hunts Lower Junior Cup semi-finals this Saturday - and both face trips to the Peterborough area.

Barley Mow take on Stanground Sports Reserves while Fenstanton go to AFC Stanground Reserves with an all-local final showdown later in the season looking a distinct possibility.

Offord United suffered a second penalty shoot-out loss of the season as they went out of the John Ablett Cup.

The local lads went down 6-5 from the spot to West Row Gunners in the third round after a 2-2 deadlock. James Crook was the unfortunate Offord man to miss in sudden death.

Offord had earlier squandered a 2-0 lead provided by first-half goals from Chris Shelford and Simon Pearce, both of which followed set-piece deliveries from Damian Sharp.