A magnificent save from goalkeeper Andrew ‘Milky’ Wale helped to extend Eaton Socon’s stunning unbeaten record – and dumped the holders out of the Hunts Intermediate Cup.
Skipper Wale produced stoppage-time heroics to keep out a shot from Gareth Owens as his side triumphed 3-2 at Brampton in a second-round tie.
It was a contribution which earned plenty of plaudits from manager Mark Spavins, who saw his side come through a 15th match of the current campaign without defeat.
Spavins said: “It was a great save at a vital time from a top goalkeeper. We all thought the net was going to bulge as the Brampton lad hit a shot from 12 yards, but Milky managed to dive at full stretch and turn it over the bar.
“We knew we were going to be in for a tough game against the holders, and we’re delighted to come through it to keep our run going.”
Eaton Socon hit the front 10 minutes before the break when Lee Bassett laid on a tap-in for Ben Wilks, and they doubled their advantage just before the hour as Ryan Whittingham headed in a Robert Gooch corner.
Danny Cain raced in to halve Brampton’s arrears before Bassett earned and converted a penalty that looked set to secure Eaton Socon’s place in the quarter-finals.
But battling Brampton refused to roll over.
Nick Garner gave them a lifeline with a smart strike before Owens was denied a dramatic leveller by the brilliance of Wale.
Eaton Socon now host Peterborough outfit Riverside Rovers in the last eight.
They beat Needingworth 4-1 last Saturday in the second round while Godmanchester Rovers Reserves were another local side to fall after a 5-1 reverse at AFC Stanground Sports.
Ben Flanz struck twice as Sawtry were another Peterborough & District League side to dump out Cambs League opposition. Zack Fisher and Brian Smith also found the net in a 4-0 triumph at Somersham.
Hemingfords United did ensure there was one Cambs League team who advanced at the expense of Peterborough & District League opponents.
Substitute Nicholas Cade bagged two of the goals in a 4-2 win against Stilton. Tom Howard and Ben Lambert were the other scorers.
Elsewhere, John Flack hit the only goal as Bluntisham Rangers eased through in an all-Cambs League tie.
The Kershaw Senior B Division side put out Senior A strugglers Great Paxton.
Hunts Intermediate Cup, quarter-final draw: Eaton Socon v Riverside, ICA Sports v Hemingfords Utd, AFC Stanground v St Neots Tn Res/Eynesbury Rovers Res, Sawtry v Bluntisham Rangers.