Eaton Socon A 2, Clare Town 3
19th March 2016 :: Cambs FA County League MPG 3A
In a game where Eaton Socon were looking for revenge and taking back some pride, after a shaky start with Clare having the best of the early exchanges Eaton begun to grow into the game and create some chances.
Saying that, unfortunately it turned out to be another day where Eaton Socon were made to just reflect on they're missed chances. After Eaton Socon soaked up the early pressure they found themselves a goal in-front when great work from Alex Girdlestone, Troy Beavis and Asa Johnson set Damien Chamberlain away, with a lot still to do Damien took on the defender rounded the goalkeeper and slotted home too give Eaton Socon the lead.
Eaton Socon kept applying the pressure looking for a second and that was to be their downfall as they were caught on the counter attack and the Clare right sided midfielder slotted home.
Clare then gained the upper hand and took the lead when some very unlike Eaton Socon defending let a cross bypass three defenders for the midfielder to slot home, that was half time 2-1 to Clare but Eaton Socon were still firmly in the game.
The second half begun and Simon and Dean could sense the need for fresh legs and changed things, this seemed to burst Eaton Socon into life and create numerous chances with Asa Johnson, Damien Chamberlain, Ryan Barnett and James Taylor all coming close to scoring. Eaton Socon kept pressing and pushing and again another counter attack saw Clare town stretch there lead to 3-1.
Now you'd think that would drop some heads after such a great start to the second half, it didn't and to Eaton Socon's credit they did the management proud with some great fast, slick and penetrating football in the last thirty minutes of the game for which they were rewarded with by grabbing a second after persistent pressure. A brilliantly flighted corner from Dean Gibbs was cleared away only to fall to Ryan Barnett who slotted home. 3-2 to Clare with 14 minutes left.
Eaton Socon threw everything at Clare in the second half and a mixture of last ditch defending, great goalkeeping and awful finishing helped Clare hold on for the win.