Brampton make impressive Cambs League start but Eaton Socon flounder

THE Kershaw Cambridgeshire FA County League has begun with Brampton taking all six points from their first two games in the Premier Division.

In their first on Wednesday, August 14, Adam Burnley’s side beat Eaton Socon 1-0 at home despite having goalkeeper Warren Howson sent off for handling the ball outsite of his area on 20 minutes. Sam Miles donned the gloves and the goal was scored by newcomer Graeme Marks.

On Saturday, they won 1-0 again, this time beating Fulbourn Institute with a Martin Ware penalty in the last 10 minutes shortly after the visitors had missed a chance of their own form the spot.

“It’s a good start and perhaps the most pleasing aspect is that so far we’ve kept clean sheets with some excellent defending,” said the manager. “We’ve lost striker Stuart Harris this season but Graeme Marks is a big strong lad who will get us goals and we have midfielders who can get forward and score.

“I’d say the team is stronger in depth this year and I’m very pleased with the determination of all the players.”

Eaton Socon, on the other hand, have lost both of their games so far, with a heavy 6-1 defeat at Ely City Reserves on Saturday. Luke Fox scored Eaton’s goal in that game but it was Tafadzwa Chisango who starred on the day scoring four times for the home side.

In the Senior A division Needingworth United drew their first game of the season, another Huntingdonshire derby, against Hemingfords United.

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Andrew Clements opened the scoring for Hemingfords but Tyler McEwen equalised for the home side who fielded a team with six 18-year-olds in the starting line up.

New rules this season means clubs in the Senior A division and below can name and use all five substitutes and re-use them once they have left the pitch. Indeed, Needingworth’s goalscorer McEwan left the field early in the second half only to rejoin the action for the last 15 minutes.

“It’s going to take some getting used to,” said manager Martin Pammenter. “Personally, I think what they should have done is just change the amount of subs we can use to five.”

Great Paxton started their season on the same night with a 3-1 win at home to Fenstanton in another Hunts derby. Barry Clarke, Mark Davies and Ashleigh Lewis scored Paxton’s goals with Oliver Barnard getting Fenstanton’s.

On the Tuesday there was a further Cambs League derby at the St Ivo Outdoor Centre where St Ives Rangers beat Hemingfords United Reserves 2-1. Martin Goodship and Jamie Parker got Rangers’s goals while Lee Hayward was on target for Hemingfords.

In the ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough & District League Ramsey Town have lost two and won one of their games so far.

At Netherton United they lost 2-1 and at Oakham Town 4-1 - but they impressed at Stilton United in between those two defeats winning there 4-1. On the scoresheet so far for the Rams, who lost influential midfielder Dan Edwards to Yaxley this summer, have been Jamie Darlow (3), Oliver Verrall, Alex Mitchell and Tom Skidmore.

In Division One Sawtry have won two in two beating Ryhill United 2-0 at home (Joe Kibik and Michael Mackrell) and Netherton United Reserves 2-0 away (Hayden Bream and Brian John Smith).