LOCAL FOOTBALL: Five-star Brampton complete a derby double, but it’s their defending that really impresses the boss

Martin Turner struck twice as Brampton beat fellow locals Eynesbury Rovers Reserves.

Martin Turner struck twice as Brampton beat fellow locals Eynesbury Rovers Reserves. - Credit: Archant

Brampton boss Wayne Ambler hailed his side’s defensive display after they completed a Cambridgeshire County League derby double last Saturday.

Ambler’s men breezed to a 5-1 triumph against Eynesbury Rovers Reserves in an all-local Kershaw Premier Division showdown at the Memorial Field to follow up a 3-2 victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign.

Nick Garner’s long-range opener was followed by a Martin Turner brace and further goals from Matt Gearing and debutant Connor Ray.

But it was the standard of the Brampton defending rather than their high-scoring which impressed their manager.

“From a defensive point of view, the back four were absolutely brilliant,” said Ambler.

“To keep Shane Fox and Lee Bassett quiet for the whole game is some achievement because they’ve scored loads of goals between them this season.

“We played well from the start and didn’t let them settle, we were clinical and created loads of chances.

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“That was the best all-round performance I’ve seen from so far in a season in which availability and a lack of consistency have absolutely killed us.

“We’ve only had a couple of games where we’ve been able put the same 11 out.”

Next up for Brampton is a Hunts Intermediate Cup quarter-final against Kershaw Senior B Division table-toppers AFC Barley Mow.

Eynesbury Rovers Reserves will also aim to bounce back to winning ways in that county competition as they head to Peterborough side ICA Sports.

Mark Spavins’ men lost on penalties to Yaxley Reserves in the last round, but were reinstated when their conquerors were found to have fielded two ineligible players.

There are two other ties featuring Premier Division and Senior B sides as Hemingfords United go to Bluntisham Rangers while Eaton Socon host St Ives Rangers.

Eaton Socon warmed up in style as a Ben Cole double helped them beat high-flying Foxton 4-2 in the top flight last Saturday. Callan Irvine and Ryan Whittingham were also on the scoresheet for the Eagles.

Owen Dunnett and Joe Rider both struck for St Neots Town Reserves as they held fifth-placed Ely City Reserves to a 2-2 draw, but Dan Davidson’s goal wasn’t enough for Hemingfords as they went down 2-1 to Comberton.

Huntingdon United continued their Kershaw Senior A Division charge as they chase a third successive promotion.

Lee Milton’s men claimed a sixth consecutive league victory – a hot streak which has followed defeats in their opening three games of the season – when beating Cottenham 2-1 thanks to goals from Dom Everett and Dan Moulds.