NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Godmanchester Rovers knocked out of the FA Vase after being hit by a stoppage-time sucker punch

PUBLISHED: 15:02 13 November 2017

Godmanchester Rovers ace Matty Allan celebrates his goal in the FA Vase clash. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Godmanchester Rovers ace Matty Allan celebrates his goal in the FA Vase clash. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Archant

It wasn’t just a game of two halves at the David Wilson Homes Ground last Saturday afternoon as Godmanchester Rovers crashed out of the FA Vase.

Joe Furness gets his head on the ball for Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY Joe Furness gets his head on the ball for Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

It was also a performance of two halves from a team of two halves as their involvement in the national competition came to an end at the second round stage.

A 4-3 defeat at the hands of fellow Step 5 side Deeping Rangers would certainly have been considered an unlikely outcome at half-distance.

Rovers were good value for a 3-1 advantage at the break after coming from behind to take command with a display full of midfield intensity and attacking quality.

But it was a completely different story after the interval as their most dangerous weapons found themselves on the fringes of a game which became increasingly scrappy and Rovers’ defending failed to stand the test.

Godmanchester Rovers striker Ben Yeomans battles with Deeping defender Luke Hunnings. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY Godmanchester Rovers striker Ben Yeomans battles with Deeping defender Luke Hunnings. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

The frailties of Ollie Drake’s side were first exposed in the ninth minute when Deeping defender Jonny Clay was allowed to rise to head home from a corner, but the first glimpse of their attacking prowess followed seconds later as Jack Chandler collected a Ben Yeomans pass and guided a smart finish past the visitors’ debutant goalkeeper James Connell.

Rovers continued to be seen in a good light as they put a Rangers side, who are in the thick of the United Counties League Premier Division title race, under almost constant pressure.

The turnaround was completed in the 19th minute when Matty Allan burst inside from the left flank and unleashed a low shot that took a deflection, which wrong-footed Connell, before nestling in the back of the net.

A fine save from Rovers goalkeeper Phil Peachey denied Scott Mooney a leveller before the hosts extended their advantage when Simon Unwin got the final touch to a Yeomans shot in a scramble.

But, as capable as they are around the opposing box, Rovers have plenty of difficulty when protecting that of their own. And it was that issue which led to a potentially super success turning into a hugely agonising defeat.

The alarm bells rang only five minutes into the second half when Clay was needlessly shoved as a dead-ball was launched into the area. Scott Coupland did the honours from the penalty spot to halve Deeping’s deficit despite Peachey guessing the right way.

Chances were at a premium as a game which had often been free-flowing in the first half turned into a war of attrition. Given the soft underfoot conditions, that was perhaps no surprise.

It was a scenario which appeared to suit a Deeping side whose chosen method of attacking certainly had no frills. It also exposed a worrying chink in the hosts’ armour.

Another long free-kick into the box - this time delivered by Clay - allowed his central defensive partner Luke Hunnings to head in a looping equaliser with a quarter of an hour to go.

Extra-time looked the likeliest outcome at the stage. That was still the case entering stoppage time, but Deeping had other ideas as Clay thumped the ball forward into the path of Mooney, who hooked a high-class finish over Peachey.

What could quite rightly be considered as a remarkable comeback from Rangers’ perspective should probably be classed as tossing away a terrific chance to reach the third round as far as Rovers are concerned.

It was an outcome which left their players and supporters alike shell-shocked.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

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

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

A man has died in hospital following a collision on the A14 at Leighton Bromswold last month.

12:48

Better signage is needed to stop HGVs speeding and driving through Huntingdonshire villages while work is carried out on the A14, councillors have said.

11:24

A preferred candidate for the post of Cambridgeshire’s Chief Constable has been named by police and crime commissioner Jason Ablewhite.

Hundreds of people gathered in St Ives at the weekend to enjoyed two days of fun at the annual carnival and music festival.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Hunts Post weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy