GODMANCHESTER Rovers became the first team to be beaten by Downham Town in their first away league match of the season.

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Downham Town 3-1 Godmanchester Rovers

GODMANCHESTER Rovers became the first team to be beaten by Downham Town in their first away league match of the season.

Downham went into the game without a point from their four games but found Rovers in generous mood, profiting twice from defensive lapses.

Manager David Hurst said: "We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at half time with some sloppy defending, but then carved out a chance of a result in the second half.

"They had the first half and we had the second after I gave them a good talking to, so I'm not too disappointed with the performance.

"Our problem is that we've been giving teams early leads recently, then we have to work harder to get into the game.

"We're due to get a few players back for the next couple of games, so we should be improving. That's no excuse, though, because the squad should be strong enough."

A defensive mistake gifted the hosts the advantage early in the game, and as Rovers toiled to get on terms, Downham added another.

Goddy hauled themselves into contention when Jon Hall crashed home from distance, but they could not get the second that would have given them a point. Another mistake made the points safe for Downham, as Carl Mackney allowed a tame shot through his hands and into the net for Town's third.

n Rovers drew 2-2 with March Town in midweek, coming from behind to take the lead through Jake Burton and Ben Colmer before being pegged back by a late equaliser.

n Godmanchester travel to face Thetford Town in the league on Saturday.