Eaton Socon 3, Lakenheath 2
29th October 2016 :: Cambs FA County League Kershaw Premier
These two sides have played against each other for 180 minutes in recent weeks.. for that 180 minutes Lakenheath have been the better team for probably 75% of that time. They have also led by 2 goals on three occasions but still only managed to walk away with a point. After the exciting 3-3 draw back in September it was always going to be a thriller and both sides didn't disappoint.
Saying that Eaton had the better of the chances in the first period but Lakenheath enjoyed a lot of possession without creating the chances they did at the Pit. Ben Wilks had the first chance when he headed wide from a Gooch corner. The talking point came on 26 minutes when Bassett was sent clear by Kay and was bearing down on goal only to be fouled on the edge of the area by Cornish. The referee gave a free kick but only booked Cornish when probably a red card should have been shown. The resulting free kick saw Bassett's effort blocked on the line. So somewhat surprisingly the first half ended goalless, but nobody was prepared for the next 45 minutes.
Lakenheath started the second half playing similar football to what they did at the Pit when they dominated Eaton, and for the first fifteen minutes the Lakenheath front two of Harley and Dean gave the Eaton back four a torrid time and on 57 minutes after a few sighters Dean got clear of the Eaton defence and slotted home past Wale. This was nothing more than Lakenheath deserved, however Eaton continued to carve out chances and the best fell to Whittingham whose header went wide. But Lakenheath continued to dominate and on 73 minutes it seemed like Eaton's undefeated start to the season was coming to an end when Amery beat Wale from the edge of the box. Eaton introduced Morris for his first appearance for 11 games and went to three at the back looking to get back into the game.. and on 78 minutes Flack went on a marauding run played a one two with Bassett and was clattered by the Lakenheath keeper, penalty.. a big chance. Bassett stepped up and somewhat in unbassett like fashion blasted the ball high and wide.
Now if you was an Eaton supporter, player or member of the management you would probably have thought it want going to be your day but out of nothing on 80 minutes Byatt burst through the Lakenheath defence collecting a Wilks pass on the way and slotted home. All of the sudden the game had changed and as the game at the Pit in September Eaton were flying. And on 86 minutes the game was all square when a great run by Clare saw him beat three players. take a poor touch. then put in an awesome tackle. The ball fell to LGF twenty five yards out and he drove a low unstoppable drive past the keeper, cue great scenes. On 89 minutes the game changed in Eaton's favour when a reckless tackle by Cornish saw him receive a second yellow and Lakenheath were down to 10 men. Now unlike the game in September at the Pit where Eaton couldn't find a winner today would be thankfully different. A great ball from the influential Morris found Bassett who raced wide with a lot to do, however he came inside the defender, beat another and made up for the penalty miss by curling a wonderful shot into the top corner, cue amazing scenes, what a comeback. Bassett was mobbed by his team mates and it has to be said the three strikers of Bassett, Fox and Wilks had done their jobs, again. Eaton held out to stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games and 7 straight wins in a row.