Littleport Town 2, Eaton Socon res. 1
7th April 2016 :: Creake Charity Shield
Eaton Ressies dream of lifting the Creake Charity Shield fell at the last hurdle last night when they were defeated 2-1 at Ely City. In a game played by two closely matched sides, chances were always going to be of a premium, however after 1 minute a great ball from Andy Coles put James Godfrey in the clear and his pace took him clear of the defender. He then crossed superbly for Connor Heaps but his touch let him down and the ball was cleared. The game was littered with yellow yards (and a red) and quite surprisingly Simon Kitchener did not see a card a minute later when he left the ground in a tackle, but thankfully won the ball. Referee Ives decided that a word would suffice. Though a few minutes later the impressive Stockwell was shown a yellow, probably paying the price for Kitchener's early indiscretion. On fifteen minutes the final had its first goal. Kirk Kidd miscontrolled a ball passed back to him and Bell latched on to score past White in the Eaton goal. A little against the run of play. Eaton though are made of stern stuff and battled back. Aiden Stockwell was pulling all the strings and was on the end of constant rough stuff from the Town defenders, and on 29 minutes and ball from him found Heaps who was fouled inside the box and the referee gave a penalty. Ben Argle slotted home the penalty superbly and the game was level.
Another major turning point came when on 38 minutes a ball into the Eaton box was collected by White only for him to be clattered by Marsh, who had already been shown a yellow. Referee Ives decided that it warranted a second yellow and Marsh was dispatched to the changing rooms. Half time 1-1 and nobody could really argue that the scoreline was not a fair one.
Littleport however came out second half with a sense of injustice in relation to the red card and started with five men strung across the midfield. This halted Eatons attacking play and Godfrey and Heaps were starved of the ball. On 66 minutes the changing point in the game. A cross into the Eaton box saw White clattered by the attacking player, both players ended up on the floor and wrestled to get back up. As the ball was delivered again the referee adjudged that White was holding down the Town player and awarded a penalty much to the disbelief of Eaton players and the 320 present watching. Murfitt stepped up and scored past White and Town were ahead. Eaton huffed and puffed but could not break down the Town defensive wall. A great ball from Watts found Ben Argyle but his header went straight at the keeper. Ashley Howard was class on the night and he started to foray into the Town half trying to find a pass that would unlock the Town defence, but alas it never happened and time ran out on a great cup run.
The Ressies have beaten a good Chatteris side, Haverhill Borough who are pushing in their league, Fenstanton who are second in theirs, and the best result was a superb win over Red Lodge in the semi. This was a great cup run and the club are extremely proud of what they achieved. Now they go for promotion and need to bounce back for the visit to Wisbech St Mary tomorrow.