Goddy win again but still slip off the top

GODMANCHESTER Rovers chalked up another impressive away win on Saturday against a young and spirited Swaffham side who played above themselves, especially in the first half.

But, despite the win, Goddy are no longer top of the Eastern Counties Division One table after Thetford Town beat Cambridge University Press 2-0 on Tuesday night and then Debenham LC 5-1 on Saturday.

However, with two promotion places up for grabs, Rovers are only second on goal difference, and four points clear of Whitton United in third.

Paul Bass, James Hall and Jason King all had chances to open the scoring against Swaffham but a 25th-minute defensive mix-up allowed Swaffham to take the lead.

Swaffham had their best spell of the game after that – but a reckless challenge by a defender gave Bass the chance to equalise from the penalty spot. A chance he coolly took.

Within two minutes Goddy had taken the lead when a neat piece of play between John Turner and James Hall resulted in Hall firing the ball home.

Goal number three came early in the second half, Jon Hall heading home a Steven Hurst free kick from a Tom Moran knock-back. James Hall tapped home number four after some good work from King and Chris Hyem.

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Mike Hyem hooked home a Bass corner for Godmanchester’s fifth and Bass got his second goal of the game when he was set up by Joe Furness in the 85th minute.

“There is a strong team spirit and togetherness within this group of players which is exactly what is required,” said joint manager Nev Nania.

“Momentum is key and the team have not been beaten in the league now since last August and deserve to be where they are.”