Thursday, February 6, 2014
Godmanchester Rovers have signed Nik Savalneiks in a bid to strengthen their strikeforce for the all important run-in.
Godmanchester are third in the Premier Division of the Eastern Counties League and with 15 games of the season to go they have a real chance of promotion to Step 4 of the non-league pyramid.
Although Hadleigh United look to have the title sewn up, second place would still be good enough for Goddy as Hadleigh have not applied for promotion. Although they slipped from second to third on Saturday, when they were without a game, Goddy do have games in hand over all of their rivals.
Now joint manager Nev Nania believes the addition of the powerful Latvian striker may be the key to brushing aside that competition.
“We rate him highly,” said Nania. “His work rate and pace alongside our other strikers will be potent.
“It’s a big signing at the right time as we go into the last 15 matches of the season.
“We wanted Niks at the start of the season but now we have him and he will fit in with the lads.”
Savalneiks first impressed while playing with Brampton after moving to Huntingdonshire from Latvia – and he joined Huntingdon to become a key striker during their United Counties League Division One title-winning season of 2011-12.
This season the player has been on the bench for much of the time and he recently wrote on Twitter that he is moving back to Latvia in June.
Last summer, Nania and the co-manager David Hurst took Jamie Blackwell from Huntingdon and he has been excellent.
The addition of Savalneiks could be a masterstroke.
Godmanchester were overtaken by Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday after giving up ground over the Christmas and new year period with three consecutive losses. But a 4-2 win at Walsham-le-Willows in their last game meant they repaired some of that damage and now they have at least two fairly easy games in their next three, which are all away from home.
On Saturday they go to Diss Town and the following weekend they are away at FC Clacton. But the third away match, on February 22, is a littler bit tougher: a trip to Brightlingsea Regent on the Suffolk coast.
“After the blip it needs to be one game at a time,” said Nania. “It was an excellent result against Walsham and if we show the same attitude we won’t be far off.
“It was a little frustrating not having a game on Saturday to build on the Walsham win but the bonus is the teams around us like Gorleston and Haverhill both dropped points.”
Game on then – hopefully.