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 Desborough 0 Eton 8

Beset by availability problems, Desborough were a pale imitation of the side that won last year’s county championship. Nevertheless, they possessed the game’s best player, who asked repeated questions of Buchan and H.Lighton with his lengthy and well-directed aerial passes. Possession and territory were more evenly shared than the score might indicate, but Eton were organised and slick on the break, interchanged well and were clinical in front of goal. Nadeem scored three goals (one of which exhibited high skill), Loveridge two and J.Lighton, Senaratne and Innes one apiece. Tougher challenges lie ahead, notably at Cranleigh on Saturday and at next week’s South championships, but this was still an effective and disciplined performance.

 

Cranleigh 4 Eton 1

This was always going to be one of the season’s toughest fixtures, and so it proved. The XI knew that they had to produce their A game and have the rub of any green if they were to prevail. Eton rebuffed intense early pressure and began to gain territory and secure an element of possession through Senaratne and Maxwell. But a head injury to Senaratne forced a reshuffling of positions and Eton never fully recovered their shape and poise against very skilful, young opposition. Taylor deflected in Eton’s goal against the run of play but a soft equaliser followed immediately and a smoothly executed short corner routine made the score 2-1 at half-time.

Eton’s best period followed after the break, but poor control at vital moments meant that half-chances went begging. Cranleigh’s first touch and distribution were better throughout and, although their final two goals were both rather scrappy, they meant that the final score gave a fair reflection of the 70 minutes.

TA

DATE POSTED: 01 March 2010

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