Linton Granta 0, Eaton Socon 1
18th September 2021 :: Cambs FA County League Kershaw Premier
Eaton travelled to Linton for what was expected to be a tough battle and that proved to be the case.
In the warm up Joe Keech, fresh from his goal scoring exploits last week pulled up Injured and had to call the rest of the Keech gang to ask them not to travel over and watch him and the game. Probably a good thing, as the whole stunningly attractive Keech family could well have proved a distraction for everyone involved
On to the football….. the first half was an even game with both sides battling it out in midfield and both had chances to score. Eaton thought they’d taken the lead on the half hour mark when Jake Alderson’s effort from the edge of the box hit the post before Dean Parratt followed up, composed himself and finished calmly. Only one problem with the goal, the Linton linesman, who decided he didn’t want his team to concede so after a period of thought decided to stick the flag up. I tell you where he should’ve stuck his flag up…... 0-0 HT
The second half saw Eaton try but struggle to break down the home defence. Ryan Vales superb strike from the edge of the box struck the post and didn’t fall kindly for the away side but Eaton did manage to take the lead on the hour mark through that man again Rhys Thorpe. A ball played in behind the Linton defence saw Thorpe race through and round the keeper before slotting home between the two defenders on the line for goal number 11 of the season.
Both sides continued to battle but a Linton midfielder over stepped the mark when he decided to try and make Eaton midfielder Dom Mason even shorter than he already is by snapping his legs in half. Straight red for the ridiculous attempt at a ‘’tackle’’.
Linton didn’t offer much after the sending off but in the final minute did manage to get in behind the Eaton left back, the ‘incy wincy don’t dive in spider’ to fire a cross into the danger area. The ball missed everyone and found the Linton striker who took a touch 7 yards out ready to fire home. It looked certain Eaton would have to settle for a point but the impressive Shay Griffiths pulled an absolute worldy reaction save out of the bag to keep the clean sheet and secure the 3 points.
A real battling team performance where Eaton had to dig in and fight hard for the victory against a well organised competitive Linton team.
MOM this week was a difficult choice. Ben Hickling was impressive throughout and produced his best display of the season but moaned at the ref too much. Shay Griffiths was very good but had a ten minute spell where he kicked it repeatedly straight to the opposition’s keeper for some reason. Tom Roberts was absolutely immense at the back but can’t get the award because he turned up 10 minutes after kick-off because he stopped for a costa and a McDonald’s on his way to the game. Taking all that into consideration, MOM this week was Darren Woodend who was back to his best alongside Roberts and not Keech in defence.