FOOTBALL: Eaton Socon set for an historic fixture after stretching their Kershaw Premier Division lead

Shane Fox was among the Eaton Socon scorers as they beat Hemingfords United last Saturday.

Shane Fox was among the Eaton Socon scorers as they beat Hemingfords United last Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Manager Mark Spavins is relishing a Cambs Invitation Cup challenge against higher-level opposition tonight (Wednesday) as Eaton Socon make a first appearance in the competition.

The Cambs League table-toppers – who boast an eight-point cushion at the top of the Kershaw Premier Division – travel to a March Town side, who sit in the bottom six of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division, for a preliminary round tie, 7.45pm.

And Spavins is not fazed by the prospect of putting his side’s 12-match unbeaten start to the 2016/17 season on the line.

He said: “We’re playing well and it is great to test ourselves against a team who play the level where we want to be next season.

“We’ve made no secret of the fact that our goal for this season is to win promotion, and we’re all delighted with the start we have made.

“We played March in pre-season and beat them 4-1, but I won’t be taking them lightly on the basis of that result. We’ll need to produce our ‘A’ game, but we’re capable of getting a result if we do that.

“It’s the first time the club has played in the competition and hopefully we can remember it for the right reasons.”

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There have certainly been plenty of memorable results already this term – the latest of those being a 5-1 rout of fellow Huntingdonshire side Hemingfords United last Saturday.

Eaton Socon ended a six-game wait for a first-half goal in style as Ben Wilks broke the deadlock only for the hosts, who Socon had also beaten 4-0 in a Kershaw Premier Division KO Cup tie the previous Saturday, to quickly level.

But Wilks restored the advantage within seconds and Shane Fox fired in an unstoppable drive 10 minutes before the break. Mason Byatt thumped in a fourth goal early in the second half and Lee Bassett completed the scoring.

“We were very good from first whistle to last,” added Spavins. “It was up there with our best displays of the season and I’m sure Hemingfords are glad to see the back of us after beating them three times in league and cup this season.”

Eaton Socon travel to struggling Foxton in their next league fixture this Saturday.