LOCAL FOOTBALL: Derby triumph is the best yet for table-topping Brampton as they sink Cambs League rivals Eaton Socon
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Boss Wayne Ambler described a big Kershaw Premier Division derby success last Saturday as Brampton’s best result of the season.
Martin Turner and Danny Cain both struck twice to earn the table-toppers a 4-2 triumph at fourth-placed Eaton Socon in the Cambs League top flight – ending the hosts’ 10-game unbeaten run in the process.
It meant Brampton eased four points clear at the summit as they completed a league double over their fellow locals. They also avenged a Hunts Intermediate Cup final exit at the hands of Eaton Socon back in November.
“Not many teams will take six points from a side as good as Eaton Socon,” said Ambler. “Winning there is probably our best result of a terrific season.
“We weren’t great in the first half to be honest. Eaton Socon penned us back, had a right go at us and we just didn’t click. The fact we still went in level at 1-1 was pleasing given we hadn’t performed away at one of the top teams in the division.
“I was confident we wouldn’t play that badly again in the second half and the lads proved me right. We absolutely dominated and Eaton Socon couldn’t have any complaints if we had won by even more.”
Brampton fell behind to a Rhys Thorpe goal midway through the first half and fluffed a glorious opportunity to respond when Gareth Owens steered a spot-kick - earned by Cain - wide.
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But Eaton Socon were rocked by the loss of striker Shane Fox and defender Josh Spavins to injuries either side of that penalty miss and Brampton did soon level as Turner struck.
He then became provider for fellow frontman Danny Cain to hit two second-half goals before putting the result beyond doubt himself. Thorpe matched the feat of the two Brampton marksmen by adding his second goal with a consolation for Eaton Socon.
Eaton Socon manager Mark Spavins said: “Losing two key players to hamstring injuries at pretty much the same time really hurt us. It was a close first half, but Brampton were quality in the second period and thoroughly deserved their win.”
Brampton go to struggling Cambridge City Development this Saturday while Eaton Socon are without a fixture this Saturday due to having Thorpe, Lee Bassett and Neil Morris all being involved in the league representative side. They entertain the Thames Valley Premier League in the second round of the FA Inter-League Cup at Histon.