FA CUP: Eynesbury Rovers and Godmanchester Rovers set up all-Huntingdonshire showdown while Huntingdon Town suffer double-figures demolition

Eynesbury Rovers hat-trick hero Tom Coles.

Eynesbury Rovers hat-trick hero Tom Coles. - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers left a summer of upheaval behind them when starting the new season with FA Cup success yesterday.

A 2-0 extra preliminary round triumph against Great Yarmouth Town at the David Wilson Homes Ground provided the perfect launch-pad for new boss Adie Cambridge and his completely rebuilt squad.

Jake Burton fired them ahead after only six minutes against fellow Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division opponents before Arran Mackay doubled the lead from the penalty spot a minute before the break.

Their reward is a preliminary round trip to another set of Rovers – Eynesbury.

Tom Coles was a hat-trick hero as Mark Ducket’s side saw off fellow United Counties League Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star 3-1 in the extra preliminary round yesterday.


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Coles headed Eynesbury into a 10th minute lead after being picked out by a James Freshwater cross and the same duo combined again from a corner just before the half-hour with Coles nodding in to double Rovers’ advantage.

Their lead was halved 12 minutes into the second half and only a fine save from goalkeeping debutant Jamie Greygoose prevented the visitors from levelling.

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But any Eynesbury nerves were calmed when Coles curled in a clincher with six minutes to go to complete his treble.

They’ll now host Godmanchester in the next round on Saturday, August 20.

Huntingdon suffered a painful exit from the FA Cup yesterday as they crashed 12-0 at Yaxley.

Town’s misery began in the first minute at In2itive Park as Ross Watson fired the home side, who also play in the UCL Premier Division ahead.

And their torment was completed when Yaxley man Matt Sparrow hit a seven-minute hat-trick in the closing stages.

St Ives-based Dan Cotton hit four goals for Yaxley, including two penalties, while Huntingdon saw a spot-kick of their own from Addie Staffieri saved when they trailed 5-0.

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