Brampton 6 – 0 Eaton Socon
Both sides in this local derby were missing key players but Brampton had strong replacements who stood them in good stead and helped to demolish an Eaton Socon side which looked fragile and out of sorts.
During the week before the game, Brampton striker Martin Turner, enjoying his final season, learned of the death of his father and was a doubtful starter. Manager Wayne Ambler had told the player that he could leave his decision until the last minute. Martin gave the thumbs up on Saturday morning and within 5 minutes had scored the first of his three goals with a fine strike which soared into the top of the net.
Brampton threatened again and again and at the back repelled all the visitors’ attentions. After twenty minutes it was man of the match Turner who, leaving his opponent trailing, crossed a perfect ball for Nick Garner, unmarked at the back post to head in for the home side’s second.
Before the end of the half Brampton had gone into a three nil lead through Matt Gearing who tapped home from close range.
Little was to change in the second period when in the 50th minute the excellent Alex Shepherd, working his socks off in midfield, smacked in Brampton’s fourth following a goalmouth scramble.
During the whole game Eaton were restricted to just a couple of shots on goal, meanwhile the home side continued to press and it was Turner who scored from close range for the final two goals and his hat-trick for which he will receive the suitably inscribed ball.
Manager Ambler commented, “Naturally I am pleased for Martin and the whole team who having given a lack-lustre performance in the second half last week against Hemingford really turned up today and played with skill and determination. Ollie Day who deputised for us in goal and Sam Niccolls who came from the reserves to play solidly at right back were both untroubled.”
MoM Martin Turner