Godmanchester Rovers’ joint manager Nev Nania has his eyes set on a successful run in the FA Vase, hoping his side can carry on their free-scoring form and mean defence.
Last Wednesday, Godmanchester thrashed Huntingdon 7-2 in the Hunts Senior Cup, with two goals apiece from Tom Meechan and James Hall with other strikes from Ben Yeomans, Charlie Bowen and Jamie Blackwell.
“It was a great performance,” said Nania, who, reflecting on the season as a whole, added: “We have scored 27 goals in September and over the season so far we are averaging five goals per game and fewer than one conceded.”
Rovers travel to fellow Eastern Counties side Walsham Le Willows in the final qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday.
It’s a tournament the club have not performed too well in during recent seasons, but Nania feels it’s time for his side to capitalise on their excellent form.
“We expect to win. We haven’t done well in the competition recently, but I’m confi-dent we can go deep, with the luck of the draw,” said Nania. “We have scored more goals than any other local side. Defensively we are doing well. We just need to take our chances. But that’s being a perfectionist.”
Godmancheter’s upward curve was dented on Saturday by a 1-0 defeat at home to Felixstowe and Walton, falling to a 90th-minute goal. Despite enjoying the majority of possession, for once, they failed to convert four or five good chances.
“There were chances that we should have taken. They scored from a long ball to their left winger, who has crossed it and it’s deflected in off one of our players. We were a bit peeved not to have won,” said Nania.
James Hall missed a couple of chances and Michael Hyem had an effort cleared off the line.
Tonight (Wednesday) is the first of three matches in six days. Godmanchester host Haverhill Rovers, who will be under Michael Shinn’s new leadership after the former Cambridge United player was appointed at the weekend.
Then Rovers travel to Walsham le Willows before it’s back to the league for another tough game at Newmarket Town.
With the games coming thick and fast, Nania is glad to have players returning.
Taylor Parr is back from holiday in time for the FA Vase tie, while Jack Watson and Tom Moran should be back for tonight’s (Weds) match against Haverhill. The club have also signed left-back Jamie Alsop from St Ives, and Nania was set to put him straight into the team tonight.