Promoted Ely end campaign with a 14th win on the bounce

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Ely City 1

Halstead Town 0

Ely City extended their new club record of consecutive wins to 14 after beating Halstead Town in their final game of the season on Saturday.

The Robins, who had already secured promotion back up to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division at the first attempt the previous weekend, ended their campaign with a 14th win in a row.

Teenager Luke Mansfield netted the winner with an 89th minute header to continue Ely’s club record run of wins, which started with a 2-1 victory at home to Team Bury back on February 9.

The visitors Halstead still harboured hopes of joining the Robins in the Premier Division next season, but they needed to beat Brady Stone’s side and hope Great Yarmouth Town lost at home to Bury.

As it turned out a win would not have been enough for the Humbugs, as Pete Oldham’s second-half strike secured Yarmouth a 1-0 win and the third and final promotion spot in the table.

Ely could have mathematically finished top on Saturday, but they needed leaders Wivenhoe Town to lose and for there to also be a 28-goal swing in goal difference.

Wivenhoe came from behind to beat bottom side Needham Market Reserves 2-1 to confirm themselves as champions, while Stone’s men return to the Premier Division next season as runners-up of the First Division.

n Newmarket Town finished their campaign in 13th place in the Premier Division table after losing 3-2 at already-relegated Whitton United in their final game at the weekend.

Richard Chadwick struck twice for the Jockeys at the King George V Playing Fields, but goals from Jamie Cole, Gianfranco Mallardo and Andrew Palmer secured the three points for Whitton.

The Greens finished bottom of the table and as a result have been relegated into the First Division.