Eynesbury Rovers denied win in last minute drama by Cogenoe and Godmanchester strengthen grip on second place

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe - Credit: Archant

Joint boss Neville Nania insists his Rovers side are in the perfect position in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester strengthened their grip on second spot with a smooth 2-0 success at struggling Wivenhoe last Saturday.

James Hall bagged both goals as he found the target with a cross-cum-shot in the opening period and well-struck clincher late on.

And Rovers ate into the advantage of table-toppers Norwich United, who slipped up at Stanway, in the process.

“It was job done on a pitch that was far from ideal,” said Nania.

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe

Eynesbury Rovers v Cogenhoe - Credit: Archant

“But those are the sort of games you need to win if you’re serious about challenging for the title.

“We could quite easily have scored six or seven goals, but getting the three points was the main thing.

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“The gap between ourselves and Norwich United is down to six points after they lost and I feel we are exactly where we need to be.

“I’ve always felt you don’t want to be top too soon because everyone raises their game against the leaders.

“Sitting in second is great as we have that extra incentive of having a team to chase down.”

Rovers, who entertain Whitton at Bearscroft Lane on Saturday, expect to be without influential midfielder Jamie Blackwell for a couple of weeks after he was forced off at Wivenhoe with a head wound that required 17 stitches.

Rovers’ home clash against Mildenhall in the second round of the League Challenge Cup was postponed last Wednesday. It has been rescheduled for December 10.

Goalkeeping debutant Jamie Chamberlain impressed for Eynesbury Rovers as they suffered late heartache against Cogenhoe in the United Counties League Premier Division.

Chamberlain made three terrific saves before being powerless to prevent Dean Lukeman sliding in to grab the only goal of the game in the 89th minute.

Both teams had previously been frustrated by the woodwork with Rovers man James Freshwater seeing a free-kick come back off a post.

Teenager George Bates was also handed a Rovers debut as a substitute after arriving from Biggleswade.

And the signing spree has continued this week with Eynesbury snapping up defender Chris Stericki from Mildenhall Town.

Eynesbury were scheduled to visit Wellingborough Town last night (Tuesday) before hosting Sleaford at the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground on Saturday.