Eaton Socon boss Mark Spavins has declared his side’s Kershaw Premier Division title dream over.
Spavins’ men launched an unlikely challenge for Cambs League top-flight glory in his first season at the helm.
But he believes conceding a late leveller in a 2-2 draw at Fulbourn Institute last Saturday has left them too far off the pace.
“With 10 minutes to go we started to get deeper and deeper,” said Spavins. “They were heaping pressure onto us and it was only a matter of time before they scored.
“We didn’t defend a throw-in properly, but I can’t moan as I thought the result was a fair one in the end.
“It was the best game of football we’ve been involved in all season, but I think the dream of winning the league is now over.
“We’ve got five very tough games coming up and we’re looking for a top-five finish now.”
The draw, which featured a double-strike from Socon man Scott Kingsbury, leaves them eight points off the pace being set by leaders Great Shelford.
Spavins handed first-team debuts to youngsters Ashley Howard and Tom Baxter against Fulbourn.
Hemingfords United climbed off the bottom of the Premier Division table with a 3-1 win against Over Sports.
Max Roberts, Ben Lambert and Tom Howard hit the goals that earned a first victory in nine games and kept their hopes of securing safety alive.
Brampton held onto ninth spot despite a 3-0 loss of leaders Great Shelford.