Eaton Socon 1, Bedford Town 5
22nd July 2017 :: Friendly Matches
Eaton completed the festival of football weekend with a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Southern League Midland Division side Bedford Town. On a rain soaked afternoon Bedford were given a good work out by a hard working Eaton team, however their class, fitness and general all round football ability shone through in the end. The game started relatively evenly with Eaton having plenty of the ball with Bedford sitting back waiting for the Eaton to make a mistake and they obliged when overplaying and Gittens nipped through rounding Wale and finishing at the near post. This was Eaton's second game in 24 hours and in both games they have gifted the opposition silly goals and the second was a replica of what had gone before ... Eaton lost the ball in the midfield and Devante beat Howard his cross found Auger whose shot beat Wale and nestled in the top corner. At 2-0 Eaton to their credit kept battling and started making in roads into the Bedford defence and maybe should have pulled a goal back when Bassett beat the Bedford left back and Parratt with the whole goal at his mercy did not quite connect and a glorious chance went wide. However minutes later again good work from Eaton Man of the Match Neil Morris found Bassett whose flick was volleyed superbly past Harpur in the Bedford goal.. 2-1 and Eaton continued to play with the busy Parratt causing a few problems, but again Eaton were the own worse enemies when Gittens again pounced on a poor touch and as he rounded Wale there was a coming together with himself and LGF and the Eaton keeper and referee Crofts adjudged it was a foul and therefore a penalty .. Gittens sent Wale the wrong way and it was 3-1 at half time. Eaton did not let their heads go down and started the second positively and for a long periods of the second half more than matched their more illustrious visitors, and when Thorpe flicked the ball on Bassett found himself behind the Bedford defence, he rounded the keeper but a great tackle saw his chance cleared. As the game went into the last 15 minutes Eaton's endeavours of the night before started to tell and Bedfords fitness started to tell and it was inevitable that more goals would come and Bedford got that 4th when Sawyer scrambled home a close range effort and when minutes later Roache scored a 5th it was all but over. However Eaton didn't disgrace themselves over the two games and it looks very good for the season to come.
A proud Eaton Manager tonight as all his players have 100% against two very good sides. Onto another tough test on Wednesday when they visit Biggleswade FC at The Carlsberg Stadium 7.45pm kick off