Eynesbury Rovers chief set his sights on claiming a coveted scalp

Alex Marsh bears down on goal during Eynesbury Rovers' victory against Kirby Muxloe last Saturday. P

Alex Marsh bears down on goal during Eynesbury Rovers' victory against Kirby Muxloe last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury Rovers face two Easter challenges from opposite ends of the United Counties League Premier Division spectrum.

Mark Ducket’s men could become the first team to beat title favourites AFC Kempston Rovers when they visit Hall Road this Saturday.

The Bedfordshire side have won 21 and drawn 11 of their 32 league games to date to top the standings.

And Eynesbury, who have lost only one of their 19 league games since Ducket took charge at the beginning of December, then make the short trip to already relegated Huntingdon for an Easter Monday derby clash.

Ducket said: “We could be the first team to beat AFC Kempston in the league and that would be quite a feather for our cap.

“My lads tend to raise their game when they play the top sides so I’m relishing the game. I’m hoping we’ll get a few fans in as well to watch it.

“It is an absolutely incredible achievement to still be unbeaten at this stage of the season.

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“We did beat them in the KO Cup recently, but Kempston said they rested a few players that night. They will be at full strength on Saturday though.

“We certainly can’t take Huntingdon lightly on Easter Monday either.

“They might be bottom, but they look to have improved under their new manager and they will be up for a derby game.”

Rovers boosted their bid for a top-six finish in the Premier Division with an important success last Saturday.

They leapfrogged Leciestershire side Kirby Muxloe to go fifth in the standings courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Hall Road.

Tom Coles made the solitary breakthrough on the stroke of half-time following some fine work from defender James Ducket.

But a host of other opportunities went begging and Rovers ended up being reliant on a smart save from goalkeeper Ollie Sutton to preserve their lead late on.

Boss Ducket added: “It was a really good win, but it should have been a lot more emphatic.

“If I’m brutally honest, we couldn’t finish our dinner. We hit the crossbar, we missed one-on-ones and the list of chances that went begging was endless.

“There is always the danger of being stung in a one-goal game and that would have happened had my goalkeeper not made an important late save.

“It would have ranked as our best game since I took over had we put the opportunities away, but it was still an important result in terms of finishing in the top six.”

Ducket continues to fight to keep hold of goalkeeper Sutton with National League North strugglers Corby stepping up their interest.