Boss Adrian Cambridge proved to be an inspired last line of defence as Godmanchester Rovers pocketed a fine point today.
Cambridge was forced to don the goalkeeping gloves for a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division trip to Wivenhoe after shot-stopper Richard Brandon, who had been set to make his debut, was delayed in traffic.
And Cambridge went on to keep a clean sheet as Rovers battled out a 0-0 draw to extend their unbeaten run to three matches while closing to within a point of safety.
“Our goalkeeper arrived a quarter-of-an-hour into the game, but I decided to stay on myself as we were looking comfortable,” Cambridge said.
“I didn’t have a single shot to save in 90 minutes – just one header that was pretty much straight at me.
“I’m chuffed to bits in the circumstances with a point and it almost feels like a win.
“In truth it probably should have been a win as well given we had the vast majority of the play and went close a few times.
“We were applauded off by the home fans though, which was a nice touch.”
Wideman Chris Jones came closest to breaking the deadlock when darting inside and seeing a curling shot strike the outside of a post.
Guy Mailancol also went close for Rovers with a header while Chae Simons steered a shot just wide.
Rovers now face two knockout clashes in the next seven days.
They entertain Eynesbury Rovers, who knocked them out of the FA Cup earlier in the season, in a Hinchingbrooke Cup tie this Wednesday before hosting Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division leaders London Colney in the FA Vase on Saturday.