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Linton Granta find title defence tough going

With about half the Kershaw Premier League season now gone, defending champions Linton Granta face a tough task to retain their title.

With about half the Kershaw Premier League season now gone, defending champions Linton Granta face a tough task to retain their title.

Granta beat the odds in 2011/12 to claim the title in what was their first season back in the top flight of Cambridgeshire county football for five years.

In this campaign they currently lie in seventh place, ten points behind the leaders Great Shelford, with both teams having played 16 of their 34 league matches for the season.

The Linton outfit has struggled to maintain the type of consistency that saw them lose just three of their 32 league games last time around.

Already this season they have lost four matches, including disappointing 2-1 and 5-2 reverses to bottom six sides West Wratting and Eaton Socon, respectively.

Despite the loss of the league’s top scorer of 2011/12, Luke Stanley, who netted 15 times in 16 starts this season before moving on to Soham Town Rangers, Granta have managed to find the net with impressive regularity, as they did last term.

Only league leaders Great Shelford have scored more than Granta, who so far have netted 59 times, putting them level with Fulbourn Institute.

Granta’s most impressive win this season has undoubtedly been their 7-1 hammering of Sawston United, who sit two places above them in the table.

In their most recent outing Granta also picked up an impressive three points thanks to a 2-0 victory at third-from-top Cottenham United.

 

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