Godmanchester Rovers 0 Thetford Town 1
GODMANCHESTER Rovers lost to Thetford Town at Bearscroft Lane on Saturday. Rovers struggled to get playing in the first half after a month without any games and fell behind to the visitors. The game remained tense in the second half with the score at 1-0
GODMANCHESTER Rovers lost to Thetford Town at Bearscroft Lane on Saturday.
Rovers struggled to get playing in the first half after a month without any games and fell behind to the visitors. The game remained tense in the second half with the score at 1-0 and Godmanchester picked up and pressed forward but could not turn their improved form into goals and lost the game.
Godmanchester Rovers co-manager David Hurst said: "You could tell we hadn't played for a month. The first half we paused and in the second we did well but didn't score. We tried to but we just couldn't get through as the pitch was still quite poor and we didn't really get going.
"We definitely deserved a draw and I think that would have been a fair result. I suppose we were robbed a bit but you can't really put in a poor first half performance like that and expect a draw.
"It was mostly down to a recent lack of practice. We did OK and I can't knock anyone for not trying, we just lacked the quality. We need more one-twos and a bit more skill so it was a bit disappointing but we needed to get a game under our belts.
"We could have easily won it as it was quite tight. They had the better of the first half but all they played was long ball and that's how they got their goal. It wasn't a very pretty game for them and we played better in the second half but couldn't score."
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Rovers had not played for a month before the game and have now not won in their last three games. Their recent poor run of form has seen them win just one in their last 10 games after a great run that saw them cruise to five consecutive wins before that.
"We have had a few suspensions and injuries which haven't helped but we need to be more consistent and have a bit of luck," said Hurst. "We had all the luck at the start of the season and we aren't getting any now.
"Most games recently we have drawn or lost by the odd goal and just been unfortunate but there have been some poor performances. Many of the games have been close and we could have done something about the result and hopefully we can go back on the run of wins we were on. Wins breed confidence and confidence breeds wins and we want to get back to playing regularly and then I'm sure things will turn around."
Co-manager Karl Hurst also attributed the defeat to a recent lack of games. “You could tell we hadn’t played for a while. We bossed the game and had the lion’s share of the possession but we didn’t create a great deal in the last third,” he said.
“They scored against the run of play and then frustrated us and I think we were unlucky not to get anything. We lacked quality in the game and had a few players out but we were better in the second half and only had the penalty to save.
“We have played the better sides recently and so you have to see both sides of the coin. We were playing with more confidence a few months ago but things have been more difficult now but we have players coming back from injury so hopefully that will make the difference.
Rovers now have got most of the season’s away games out of the way, with nine of their 15 remaining games to be played at Bearscroft Lane.
“We have most of our games at home now so that should make a difference to the results and start turning them into wins,” said Hurst. “We have not been dominated by any team this season, we’ve just been losing by the odd goal that was sloppy so we need to start improving the results.”
Godmanchester Rovers next league game is against FC Clacton away on Saturday.