LOCAL FOOTBALL: Eaton Socon hail Wale after stunning save secures Hunts Intermediate Cup success
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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.”
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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.
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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.