Fulham missed out on the Division Three title on goals scored despite Darren Freeman netting the winner on the final day at Cambridge United.

Four thousand Fulham fans made the trip to the Abbey Stadium hoping to see Micky Adams’ men complete a remarkable season by winning the title. Freeman gives the visitors the perfect start when the lively forward races onto a defence-splitting pass from Mike Conroy, rounds the goalkeeper and finds the net from an acute angle. With Wigan drawing at half time, the Whites are in the driving seat in the title race.

But the Latics eventually lift the silverware after battling to a last day win. Fulham finish on the front foot with Richard Carpenter, Simon Morgan and substitute Christer Warren going close to extending their lead. The Cottagers may have fallen short of taking the title but the banners in a delirious away end sum up of the mood on a day full of sunshine: ‘Fulham are back!’

CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Barrett; Vowden, Wilson, Joseph, Craddock; Wanless, Beall, Hyde, Raynor; Benjamin (Taylor 70), Kyd (Barnwell 70). Subs (not used): Ashbee.

BOOKED: Craddock, Wanless, Raynor, Benjamin, Kyd.

FULHAM: Walton; Lawrence, Watson, Cullip, Blake; Cockerill (Thomas 61), Cusack, Carpenter, Morgan; Conroy (Warren 44), Freeman (Angus 83).

BOOKED: Carpenter, Freeman, Thomas.

GOAL: Freeman (14).