Manea net promotion as Doddington fall short

MANEA United clinched promotion from Cambs Division 2B with a 1-1 draw in their local derby with Doddington on Saturday and they could still finish champions as well.

They lead the table by one point from Witchford who still have a game to play.

Manea manager James Waters, who only took charge at the start of the season, said: “To clinch promotion is fantastic. At the start of the season I was more concerned about not being relegated. Now we are promoted, may be champions and have also won the North Cambs Cup.

“The players have been excellent season and have worked really hard for each other has a team and I think that has made the difference plus two good goalscorers. We will have to see how Witchford get on.”

On Saturday, after a very even goalless first half, Kevin Goude gave Manea the lead after 78 minutes but then a defensive mix-up involving a defender and goalkeeper let James Harness in for the equaliser.

Doddington are third but needed the win to have a chance of promotion and manager Steve Bedford said: “A draw was a fair result on Saturday. It is disappointing for the players that we have not got promotion but we were just not quite good enough. The league table does not lie.”

Local sides were involved in two very high-scoring games on Saturday. March Town Reserves lost 8-6 at Hemingford, while in Division 2B bottom side Tydd United held Wisbech St Mary Reserves to a 6-6 draw in another end of season bonanza.

In Division 5B Wimblington A beat Coldham 1-0.

In 3B Estover Park almost completed an impressive double at promoted Brampton Res, drawing 2-2.

Park goals came from Richard Peachey with a chip, and a long Greg Kudbya throw was headed in by Alex Neal. Keeper Dan Smethurst made an excellent penalty save.