LOCAL FOOTBALL: Eynesbury Rovers Reserves chief is hoping for a successful first return to former club Eaton Socon

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK R

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK RIDER - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury Rovers Reserves manager Mark Spavins wants to follow up one Kershaw Premier Division derby success with another.

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK R

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK RIDER - Credit: Archant

Spavins men triumphed 3-1 against St Neots Reserves in the Cambridgeshire County League top flight last Saturday courtesy of a Shane Fox brace and a Ryan Baxter goal inside the opening 20 minutes.

“We really came out of the traps fast in the first half,” said Spavins. “We scored three times in nine minutes and it probably could have been more.

“In the second half we took our foot off the gas a bit, and some poor finishing meant we didn’t score again.

“But it’s always good to win a derby, no matter who you play. There have always been good derbies in our area.”

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK R

Action from Eynesbury Rovers Reserves' derby success against St Neots Town Reserves. Picture: MARK RIDER - Credit: Archant


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Eynesbury’s success last Saturday was their first in an all-local clash this season.

They have suffered two Kershaw Premier Division defeats at the hands of Brampton and bowed out of the KO Cup to the Saints second string.

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Spavins’ attention now turns to another mouthwatering derby date as his current Eynesbury outfit face his old Eaton Socon side at River Road this Saturday.

Spavins steered Eaton Socon to two top-four finishes and back-to-back county cup triumphs during his time there, but left last summer after seeing their promotion dreams frustrated.

“This derby is going to be a different one for me,” added Spavins. “I loved managing Eaton Socon and left for reasons that were well documented.

“But it’s not just about me. There are seven players in my squad who will also be going back to their old club.

“It’ll be good to go back and see everyone at Eaton Socon and I think it’ll be a great advert for local football.

“I’m expecting a tight game as both teams are enjoying good runs at the moment, but form tends to go out of the window in derbies.”

Eaton Socon will go into battle in a four-game winning streak after breezing past basement boys Cambridge City Development last Saturday.

Ben Cole hit a brace in a 4-0 triumph which also featured goals from Lee Griffiths and Jacob Taylor.

Elsewhere in the Kershaw Premier Division last Saturday, Hemingfords United held Cherry Hinton to a 1-1 draw.

Nick Cade struck for the home side after earlier missing a penalty. Brampton went down 2-0 to Comberton United.

* The derby clash between Eynesbury Rovers Reserves and St Neots Town Reserves formed part of a charity day at Hall Road which raised £2,000 to be split between the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) and the Neonatal Unit at The Lister Hospital.

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