Cambridge University Press 1, Eaton Socon 2
14th August 2021 :: Cambs FA County League Kershaw Premier
Eaton faced much fancied CUP in their second league game of the season and came away with an impressive victory.
The first half saw Eaton start brightly and had chances to take the lead with Rhys Thorpe twice being denied by the home goalkeeper. CUP then had a spell where they penned Eaton in but resolute defending and some good goalkeeping from Shay Griffiths saw the scores remain level. On 35 minutes though Eaton took the lead. Dom Mason delivered a fantastic ball into the box from a set piece which found Thorpe who finished at the back post. 0-1. Eaton looked as though they would get to the break ahead only for Tommy Steven of CUP to have other ideas. Picking the ball up 35 yards from goal he strode forward evading two challenges before curling a great finish beyond Griffiths to even things up. 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw CUP start brightly and were again having a spell where Eaton were forced to defend well with Keech & Rodden at the heart of all of that good work. Eaton were always a threat going forward though and took the lead with twenty minutes to go when a good Eaton move saw Hickling away down the right hand side do well to deliver into a dangerous area. The ball eventually found Mason on the edge of the box who fired home via a deflection to give Eaton the lead in this tight game. 1-2 and Mason’s first goal for Eaton since his return to the club following a spell over the river. Eaton worked hard for the last 20 minutes with Griffiths in goal dealing with everything that CUP could conjure up. Debutant Cally Taylor and Josh Roberts came on to give some much needed fresh legs in the middle of the park to help the impressive Vale and Mason and Eaton eventually saw the game out to seal a fantastic victory.
A great team performance from Eaton with everyone playing a part in what was a very tough away day against a very good CUP side.
MOM - could have been almost any of the Eaton players today which says it all but Rhys Thorpe got the award for his goal, centre forward play and tireless work rate throughout.