Eaton Socon 3, St Neots Town Res. 0

14th January 2017 :: Hunts Intermediate Cup

A record bumper crowd of 184 saw Eaton Socon overcome a very good St Neots side to progress through to the final on Wednesday 15th March at a venue to be confirmed. In a hard battle played on a sticky pitch neither side really had a clear cut chance in a torrid first half. The best chance fell to St Neots youngster Douglas-Smith when he raced clear of the Eaton defence but as so many times recently Wale made a great stop and LGF blocked the rebound. Eaton huffed and puffed and had plenty of the ball but never troubled Jeckells in the St Neots goal.

The second half though was a diffrent story with both sides throwing off the shackles and playing more attacking football. The big moment of the game came on 55 minutes when a great ball from Fox found Bassett who raced clear of the St Neots defence. As he did so he was confronted by Jeckells who seemed to handle Bassetts effort that was goal bound. The referee gave a free kick and dismissed Jeckells for stopping a goalscoring opportunity. Jeckells protested his innocence however the referee after much protest didn't change his decision and St Neots were down to 10 men. And with an outfield player going in goal Eaton took full advantage and the resulting free kick was cleared however in the defender doing so he committed another foul. This time Bassett was deadly and placed the free kick out of the reach of the St Neots keeper and Eaton led. St Neots however came back strongly and should have equalised when Osbourne hit a hard low shot that looked destined for the bottom corner, however Wale once again stretched out a leg and made a great stop.

Eaton then increased their lead when St Neots once again gave away a stupid free kick on 75 minutes and once again Bassett stepped up and beat the keeper to make it 2-0, though the keeper probably should have held on to the effort. But that was Bassetts 29th goal of the season and when Ben Wilks tapped home the third on 85 minutes Eaton had booked their place in the final. Though the score did somewhat flatter the Eagles, but a great win and a good chance of silverware.

Over to Sammy and the Ressies who play cup favourites Brampton Res next Saturday.