A ‘mad seven minutes’ bring a near six-month unbeaten run to an end for Eaton Socon

Action from the derby clash between Eynesbury Rovers A and Paxton United Reserves. Picture: HELEN DR

Action from the derby clash between Eynesbury Rovers A and Paxton United Reserves. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Eaton Socon suffered a first Kershaw Premier Division defeat for almost six months last Saturday after a ‘mad seven minutes’.

Mark Spavins’ title-chasers threw away a two-goal cushion as they went down 3-2 at Over Sports – their first reverse in the Cambs League top flight since being beaten at table-toppers Great Shelford on September 26.

They looked to be on course for victory when Ben Wilks and Ryan Baxter goals put them in command before the break, but things changed quickly in the second period.

Socon’s lead was halved by a controversial effort an assistant referee adjudged to have crossed the line, before being wiped out altogether by a second Over goal after keeper Andrew Wale had been bundled over.

And the turnaround was completed by a third goal in quick succession from the hosts.

Spavins said: “It was very frustrating to throw it away after being two goals up.

“We paid the price for a mad seven minutes with a couple of big moments not going our way.

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“We had a lot of chances to equalise but couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo.

“The defeat is a wake-up call and even more galling as the leaders Great Shelford also lost, but there is still a lot of football to be played.”

Brampton saw their five-match winning run ended with a 4-0 drubbing at Hardwick while bottom side Hemingfords were pipped by the only goal at West Wratting.

There was still reason for Eaton Socon to celebrate last Saturday as the club’s reserve side booked their place in a cup final.

Connor Heaps struck both goals as the second string, managed by brothers Richard and Sammy Argyle, beat Red Lodge in a Creake Charity Shield semi.

Their reward is a final date against fellow Division 1B side Littleport Town at Ely City FC on April 7.

Needingworth were another club to experience mixed results.

The United first team climbed back into the top six in Kershaw Senior B Division with a 4-3 success against lowly Hardwick Reserves.

They made the task harder than it needed be as Aaron Ellis and Matt Cox contrived to score in their own net in the opening 10 minutes.

Dan Sherlock halved the arrears on the stroke of half-time before two Scott Fielding strikes either side of a Tyler McEwen effort turned the contest in the second period.

Needingworth’s second string saw their Division 5B promotion bid dented by a 4-0 defeat at second-placed Burwell.

Eynesbury Rovers A eased their Division 2A relegation fears by plunging local rivals Paxton United Reserves deeper into the mire.

The Rovers side ran out 6-0 winners after goalkeeper Tommo Newton had saved a penalty when the clash was still goalless.

Andrew Gosnell (2), Jake Smith, Reece Keating, James Hayes and an own goal did the damage in a victory marred by a broken leg for Rovers man Luca Falzarano.