NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Five-star Godmanchester Rovers begin with a bang; Eynesbury equalise against 10 men; losing start for new Huntingdon Town boss and squad

Simon Unwin scored the first goal as Godmanchester Rovers started the new season with a 5-0 win agai

Simon Unwin scored the first goal as Godmanchester Rovers started the new season with a 5-0 win against Wroxham. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers made a spectacular start to the new Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season today.

Ollie Drake’s side roared to a 5-0 success against Wroxham in their opening outing of the campaign at the David Wilson Homes Ground.

Rovers blew away their Norfolk opponents with four goals during a fantastic first-half showing.

Simon Unwin opened the scoring before new recruit Buster Harradine added a debut goal to double the advantage.

Matty Allan then got in on the act before captain Micky Hyem effectively sealed the points before the break. Those two goals sandwiched a missed Wroxham penalty.

Hyem then added the only goal of the second half but was denied a hat-trick when seeing a spot-kick of his own saved.

“It was a great start,” said boss Drake. “We took a while to get started, but then produced a clinical performance.

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“When we got going we were good value for the win.”

Eynesbury had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their United Counties League Premier Division curtain-raiser against Desborough – despite playing against 10 men for more than three-quarters of the contest.

The visiting side Liam Boath dismissed in the 13th minute at Hall Road for a two-footed tackle but still hit the front four minutes into the second half.

Danny Draper equalised with 20 minutes to go to earn a point for Eynesbury who are without manager Mark Ducket due to a stadium ban carried over from last season.

Daniel Woodhead’s reign as Huntingdon Town manager started on a losing note in Division One of the United Counties League.

A Town team – made up entirely of debutants – were beaten 3-0 by league newcomers Aylestone Park at Jubilee Park.

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