LOCAL FOOTBALL: Back-to-back defeats bring Eaton Socon’s super start to an end

Ben Wilks (left) scored for Eaton Socon in their first Kershaw Premier Division defeat of the season

Ben Wilks (left) scored for Eaton Socon in their first Kershaw Premier Division defeat of the season. - Credit: Archant

Eaton Socon have seen their terrific start to the season ended by back-to-back defeats.

Mark Spavins’ men finally tasted defeat for the first time in their 19th competitive match of the campaign last Tuesday night.

There was certainly no disgrace in a 4-2 reverse at Wisbech Town - a non-league team playing two levels higher than the Cambs League table-toppers.

They did hit the front early on at the Fenland Stadium through Lee Bassett while an Andy Clare effort reduced their arrears in the second half.

But one loss led to another as Eaton Socon then surrendered ther unbeaten Kershaw Premier Division record when falling to a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Fulbourn Institute last Saturday.

They fell behind early on when a mistake from goalkeeper Andrew Wale was punished, but Ben Wilks soon had them back on level terms.

Socon were behind again before the break before the decisive blow followed in the second half when Wale was lobbed.

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Bassett did halve the deficit after Fulbourn had been reduced to 10 men, but Socon couldn’t strike again to haul themselves back onto level terms.

Their lead at the summit has been slashed by two points and they could lose top spot to reigning champions Great Shelford this Saturday.

That’s because Eaton Socon are involved in a Hunts Intermediate Cup quarter-final when they entertain Peterborough side Riverside Rovers.

The club’s ‘A’ team enjoyed county success last Saturday when triumphing 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at Bluntisham Rangers Reserves to reach the semi-finals of the Hunts Lower Junior Cup.

Goalkeeper Elliot Canham saved two spot-kicks as the Socon side prevailed 4-2 from 12 yards following a 2-2 deadlock.