FA CUP: Eynesbury chief Mark Ducket classes derby tie against Huntingdonshire rivals Godmanchester Rovers as his biggest game in management
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Eynesbury boss Mark Ducket has billed an FA Cup derby showdown this Saturday as the biggest game of his fledgling managerial career.
Rovers entertain fellow Huntingdonshire side Godmanchester Rovers in a preliminary round tie at Hall Road, 3pm.
And Ducket insists it is the most significant fixture of his nine-month reign, which began in December, 2015, with the prospect of a big crowd, almost £2,000 in prize money and a home tie against higher-level opponents to follow in the next round.
Ducket said: “I’m only 33 years-old and I’ve not been a manager for long. There is no doubt this is the biggest game of my managerial career to date.
“And what could be better in the FA Cup than a home tie and a derby game?
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“We had a great result against Godmanchester last season in the semi-finals of the Hunts Senior Cup and people will no doubt have us down as hot favourites on Saturday.
“But anything can happen in a one-off game of football and there is no way we can take them lightly despite the fact they have a completely new squad.
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“We want to win the game, bring in that prize money and have the chance to play a Step 3 team in the next round - and I really hope people in the area turn out to watch what should be a really good game.
“We had 140 fans in when we beat Peterborough Northern Star in the last round on the opening day of the season and I’m hoping for double that crowd against Godmanchester.”
The winners will advance to host Northern Premier Division outfit Sutton Coldfield Town in the first qualifying round on September 3.
Eynesbury will go into the tie on a high after back-to-back United Counties League Premier Division wins in recent days. Summer signing Craig Smith hit his first two goals for the club as they snatched a 3-2 success at Boston Town last Saturday before following up with a midweek 2-1 home triumph against Yaxley.
Tom Coles grabbed his sixth goal in four games this season when doubling Rovers’ lead after a Darren Woodend opener. Both goals were headers from Hayden Bream set-piece deliveries.
Eynesbury then saw their lead halved and had to see out the final out the final 13 minutes of normal time, and seven-and-a-half additional minutes of stoppage time, with only 10 men after young full-back Ben Hickling was dismissed for collecting a second caution.