NEVILLE Nania spoke to The Hunts Post from the side of a road after going for a bike ride to celebrate Godmanchester Rovers’ 1-0 win over Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League leaders Brantham Athletic on Saturday.
Still frustrated by the postponement of their home game against Mildenhall Town on Wednesday night – the game was called off just 15 minutes before kick off – Goddy took all three points with a fine display against the Suffolk side, and a headed goal at the far post by Charlie Bowen from a Chris Hyem corner.
“The team are full of confidence at the moment,” said Nania, who explained: “We aren’t putting too much pressure on them and they are playing great football.
“It was a result we deserved and we could have scored more – yet Brantham are top of the league. That says something about the way we are playing.”
Paul Bass went close twice and Mike Hyem had a shot saved by the admired Brantham goalkeeper Ryan Beddingfield, while a James Hall volley was tipped over – but it will be the way Goddy kept out a team that has scored 57 goals this season that really impressed. It was Rovers’ fourth win on the trot since a change in fortunes following a fairly sloppy start to the season.
Publically, the management team of Nania and David Hurst are saying the club is aiming for a top-eight finish, but with no one team at the top of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division seemingly able to pull away from another and make a break for the title, hopes must be high that Godmanchester can get amongst the top boys before the end of the season and even finish in the top six.
Dereham Town are the new leaders after they beat Woodbridge Town 3-1. On Saturday they will go to Brantham. Mildenhall and Gorleston dropped two points each when they drew 1-1. Goddy are now 10th, but with games against many of the top six remaining, including home matches against Dereham, Mildenhall, Wisbech Town, Gorleston and Walsham-le-Willows, that top-six finish is in their own hands. “Mildenhall were lucky the game was called off on Wednesday,” said Nania. “We the form side of January and February and no side wants to play us at the moment.
“We just need to keep on going, keep believing in ourselves, and keep ticking over.”
Goddy v Brantham: Rob Mackney, Charlie Bowen (Stephen Hurst), Nicky Hurst, Tom Moran, Jon Hall, Tom Spark, Chris Hyem, Mike Hyem, Adam King (Jordan Brockett), Paul Bass, James Hall.