Eaton Socon 4, Cherry Hinton 2

2nd October 2021 :: Cambs FA County League Kershaw Premier

It was a busy week off last week for Eaton as they lost skipper and striker Rhys Thorpe who decided he’d rather join step 4 whipping boys Histon than play at the River Road with his mates, great banter and sausage and chips after every home game. Strange decision but one we wish him well with.

Eaton started well and were winning battles all over the park in the first half and deservedly took the lead when new signing Fraser Kerr fed Dean Parratt on the left wing before the little maestro set off on one of his tricky mazey runs before finding Ryan Whittingham in space just inside the box. Whittingham, fresh from his wedding last weekend (congratulations), wasn’t sure whether to shoot or cross so sort of did both with the ball finding it’s way into the top corner 1-0. That goal gave Eaton belief and they played their best football of the season, carving Cherry Hinton apart time and time again. The brilliant Jake Alderson who was giving the away defence nightmares made it 2-0 after being put through on goal, rounding the keeper and slotting home.

No let up though and on the half hour mark it was 3-0 with Cherry Hinton putting through their own net before a bit of the sublime, ridiculous and damn right funny. Jake Alderson was slid in on the right hand side, he thought he was offside so left it, then realised he wasn’t so got on the end of the pass, went to cross it, completely missed the ball, managed to stay on his feet, cut inside and beat the defender before curling a superb effort into the far corner to make it 4-0. HT

The second half saw Cherry Hinton respond well and were working hard stop Eaton running away with it and they made it 4-1 on 55 mins when their skipper fired home from Inside the area. Alderson, Parratt and newly appointed skipper Dom Mason had chances to add to Eaton’s tally but it was the away side who got their second when a thunderous free kick rebounded off the bar and was tapped home to make it 4-2. Cherry Hinton were reduced to 10 men when their defender lost his head at the linesman (the linesman provided by Cherry Hinton) and was given a yellow card and a 10 minute sin bin. Not happy with only missing the 10 minutes he shared some choice words with the referee who in turn showed him the red card and bid him farewell. Think he wanted to be front of the queue for sausage and chips really. Eaton were second best this half but were more than good enough in the first to run out deserved winners against a good Cherry Hinton side. FT 4-2.

So many top performances this week to mention them all with new signing Fraser Kerr impressing at LB, Whittingham finding his inner Jamie Vardy and the evergreen Dean Parratt showing that age is just a number. But MOM this week was Jake Alderson who was superb throughout notching two goals and causing all sorts of problems for the away side.