NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Drake confident Godmanchester Rovers can cope; Eynesbury hope for treats from Tricks; Huntingdon must forget February slump

PUBLISHED: 16:39 07 March 2018

New Eynesbury signing James Tricks (left) while playing for St Neots Town last season.

New Eynesbury signing James Tricks (left) while playing for St Neots Town last season.


Manager Ollie Drake is convinced his Godmanchester Rovers squad can cope with the demands of a hectic Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division run-in.

Rovers must squeeze their final 15 league matches into just 57 days from this Saturday – when they entertain Kirkley & Pakefield – to the end of the campaign on May 5.

Drake’s side currently sit sixth in the Premier Division standings, but a third-placed finish is within reach as they have a host of matches in hand on the teams above them.

“My players can definitely handle our run-in and they are great under pressure,” said Drake, who’s side are also still involved in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.

“The atmosphere and togetherness in our camp has been a big contributor to u getting into a position from where we can finish in the top five. That’s the target we’re working towards.”

Eynesbury are chasing a third successive top-six finish in the United Counties League Premier Division.

They are set to hand a debut to new striking signing James Tricks when hosting Northampton side ON Chenecks this Saturday.

Tricks has been at Soham Town Rangers, Wisbech Town and Spalding United during the current campaign and also had a spell at St Neots Town last season. He will fill the void left by 40-goal Dom Lawless, who has now returned to title-chasing former club Newport Pagnell.

But Rovers, who then host Yaxley in a re-arranged Hunts Senior Cup semi-final on Tuesday, have injury problems with defender Jack Uttridge, midfielders Matt Miles and Matty Clifford, and attacking players Craig Smith and Luis Vieira all out.

Huntingdon boss Jimmy Brattan is refusing to give up on his long-standing top-seven target in Division One – despite a four-game losing streak during February.

Town have slipped into the bottom half of the table as a result of that slump in form. It’s one Brattan believes his men can correct, starting with a Saturday trip to Irchester.

“We’re eight points off the top seven now but it’s not beyond us,” said Brattan. “We’ve got 10 games to go and we need to me sure we win the majority of them. It’s important we leave February behind us.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:58

A team of volunteer firefighters whose job it was to help tackle fires caused by nuclear bombs if the Cold War turned hot are marking the 50th anniversary of their organisation being disbanded.

Yesterday, 13:41

A “large number” of schools across Cambridgeshire received bomb threats this morning (March 19).

Yesterday, 10:42

The Royal Oak pub in Hail Weston is teaming up with a music store to offer fans the chance to value their record collections on Wednesday (March 21).

Yesterday, 07:58

An investigation has been launched in a bid to track down a “local landmark” that was stolen from Ramsey Forty Foot.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter