NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Super second half showing helps Godmanchester Rovers climb into second place

Austen Diaper gave Godmanchester Rovers the lead against Framlingham Town. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRA

Austen Diaper gave Godmanchester Rovers the lead against Framlingham Town. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers boss Ollie Drake praised his side’s second half display as they stretched their winning run to six matches in all competitions.

Drake’s men struck four times after the break to triumph 5-0 against Framlingham Town at the David Wilson Homes Ground – a result which lifted them to second place in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division standings.

Rovers led at the break thanks to an Austen Diaper goal, but he admits his side were well below par in the first period.

However, it was one-way traffic after the interval as Matt Allan, Joe Furness, Buster Harradine and Jack Chandler all struck to give Rovers a comfortable win.

“We really weren’t on it in the first half,” admitted Drake. “I said at half time it was boring to watch.

“We looked lethargic, we looked lacklustre and the boys said they weren’t enjoying the game either.

“But we were really dominant in the second half and the only disappointing thing is we could have had more goals to show for it.

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“We hit the post, we hit the bar and the keeper has made a few good saves.

“We had a bit more about us in the second half. We played with more enthusiasm and more tempo.”

Rovers now sit six points behind leaders Histon (a team who have already beaten them home and away this season) but Drake insists they can be caught.

Rovers have a crucial clash this Saturday when they go to fourth-placed Kirkley & Pakefield.

“We’re going for it,” added Drake. “If they slip up, we want to make sure we’re right there to take advantage of it.

“Losing to Histon gave everyone the kick they needed. We made changes, my front four are scoring regularly, we’re looking sturdy at the back and the morale in the dressing room is like having an extra player.

“Going to Kirkley & Pakefield will be a tough fixture. We dropped points against them at home and we were poor so we owe them a performance.”

Rovers go to Stowmarket in a League Challenge Cup tie tomorrow night (Tuesday) when Drake is likely to make a stack of changes.