LOCAL FOOTBALL: Eaton Socon produce a performance of polar opposites against title rivals

Lee Bassett hit two of the Eaton Socon goals in their draw against title rivals Great Shelford.

Lee Bassett hit two of the Eaton Socon goals in their draw against title rivals Great Shelford. - Credit: Archant

Manager Mark Spavins saw the best and worst of Eaton Socon in the same crucial Kershaw Premier Division title clash last Saturday.

The third-placed side drew 3-3 at table-topping reigning champions Great Shelford in one of the biggest Cambs League top-flight fixtures of the season.

But Spavins classed it as two points dropped rather than an important one gained after his men saw a three-goal advantage wiped out by their hosts.

Socon were terrific in the first period as Shane Fox laid on a Lee Bassett opener before doubling the advantage himself.

And when top-scorer Bassett struck again, Eaton Socon could have been forgiven for thinking the hard work was done.


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Great Shelford hit back before half-time to cut their arrears and clawed their way back onto level terms in the second period, but there was late drama as only a brave block prevented Bassett from hitting a winner and completing his hat-trick.

“It’s definitely a case of dropping two points,” said Spavins. “It was an extraordinary game and one we should have won. We produced the best 42 minutes of my time as Eaton Socon manager - then followed them with the worst 48!

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“But we know we are capable of beating Great Shelford and we’ll aim to do that in the return fixture.”

Socon remain eight points behind Great Shelford with the two teams scheduled to meet again on February 4.

Hemingfords United pulled five points clear of the Kershaw Premier Division drop-zone last Saturday.

John Hughes’ beat Outwell Swifts 3-0 thanks to goals from Jack Jefferson, Cameron Anderson and Matthew Wright.

The win came complete with a clean sheet for reserve goalkeeper Luke English, who stepped up with regular number one, Tom Smith, injured.

Boss Hughes said: “We suffered our most disappointing result of the season when losing 4-0 at Outwell, so it was very satisfying to put that right.”

Brampton dropped to ninth in the Kershaw Premier Division after a 3-0 defeat at Chatteris Town.

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