NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Godmanchester Rovers boss sets his sights on a festive full house after they leave the Willows weeping
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Godmanchester Rovers boss Ollie Drake knows what he wants from Santa this year… a full sack of Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division points.
Drake’s men continued their title challenge with a 2-1 victory at fellow top-four side Walsham-le-Willows last Saturday.
Rovers have reeled off nine wins in their last 10 league games and are now level with leaders Histon, who saw their weekend game at Kirkley & Pakefield abandoned following an injury to a home player.
And Drake wants the pedal to stay pressed to the metal during the club’s four remaining Premier Division outings of 2018 – all of which are against bottom-half sides including the visit of Whitton United to the David Wilson Homes Ground this Saturday, 3pm.
“Realistically we’re looking to win all our games up to and over the Christmas period,” said Drake.
“We face four teams who are in mid-table or lower in the next few weeks and maximum points is the target that we have set ourselves.
“We’re now joint top and that’s an excellent position to be in. Yes, Histon have two games in hand on us, but they could slip up.
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“They’ve also got a lot of tough places to go whereas we have already been to a lot of the top sides already.
“I’m really happy with how we’ve played in the last few weeks and I don’t want to change a thing.”
Buster Harradine opened the scoring for Rovers early on at Walsham-le-Willows with a spectacular strike, but they were pegged back before the break.
Loan defender Joe Walker then secured victory with a second-half header and Drake is adamant his side’s success was fully justified.
“We definitely deserved to win the game,” added Drake. “They didn’t really create that much whereas we missed plenty of chances.
“Buster’s goal was an absolute screamer, it’s what the boy does! He picked it up 30 yards out and hit it straight in the top corner.
“We dominated for the next 20 minutes without making it count and we then conceded after taking our feet off the gas a bit before half-time.
“But we came out all guns blazing in the second half and got the game won.”