Son shines bright as Dad’s Eaton Socon army claim derby glory

Action from Eaton Socon's triumph over Brampton in the Cambs League Kershaw Premier. Picture: HELEN

Action from Eaton Socon's triumph over Brampton in the Cambs League Kershaw Premier. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Eaton Socon chief Mark Spavins celebrated Cambs League derby glory . . . with a little bit of help from his son’s first goal for the club.

Spavins’ side saw off strugglers Brampton 2-1 in an all-local Kershaw Premier clash last Saturday.

Defender Josh Spavins set them on their way to victory with the opening goal and Scott Kingsbury doubled their lead before the break.

George Cresswell did halve Brampton’s arrears in the second period, but they couldn’t mount a comeback as Socon took the spoils to charge into the top half of the table.

And Spavins snr reckons his side, which features a host of players who followed him from lower-level Great Paxton in the summer, are now finding their feet in the top flight.

He said: “I told Josh not to bother going up for corners and free-kicks as he never manages to get his head on anything, but he ignored me and has been reminding me about it ever since as well!

“We bossed the first half and deserved our lead, but Brampton came back into it in the second half and got one back. They didn’t really kick on from there though and we were able to see the game out.

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“It’s always nice to win a derby game and we are starting to cope with the demands of playing in the Premier. It is a pretty brutal step up from Senior A Division, but we’re learning what is required and how to get results.”

Two local sides look set to feature in the battle for Senior B Division honours.

Godmanchester Reserves roared to a sixth win in seven league games as they thumped bottom side Cambridge University Press Reserves 8-3.

Seven different players shared the goals with Ben Gibbins striking twice and Jon Brierley, Jake Burton, Carl Foreman, Nicky Hurst, Tom Lloyd and Jamie Clarke all getting one apiece.

Needingworth United had to wait until the second half to turn their dominance into goals as they earned a 2-0 success at Wimblington.

Dave Roberts eventually broke the deadlock just past the hour mark, but the points were not sealed until Michael Thompson struck with a late lob from 25 yards.

Bluntisham continued their revival at the same level with a third win four league games. Wayne Flack, Kenneth Holmes and Dale White fired them to a 3-2 triumph over Ashdon Villa.

Top-scorer Josh Turner smashed five goals as table-toppers AFC Barley Mow continued their blistering start in Division 3B with a 7-0 drubbing of Benwick.