Jack is back to boost Godmanchester Rovers for the home run

Taylor Parr in action for Godmanchester Rovers in their 3-1 win at Whitton. Picture: STEVE UNWIN

Taylor Parr in action for Godmanchester Rovers in their 3-1 win at Whitton. Picture: STEVE UNWIN - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers will feel at home in their pursuit of promotion.

Matt Clements’ men host Swaffham tonight (Wednesday) in the first of seven successive fixtures at the David Wilson Homes Ground.

Rovers will be in Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division action on home turf on the next four Wednesdays and three Saturdays, with Newmarket the visitors at the weekend. Their only remaining away date is on the final day of the season.

Rovers still sit 16 points behind table-topping reigning champions, Norwich United, and are eight points adrift of second-placed Stanway.

Like Godmanchester, both of those clubs passed their ground-grading assessment to receive the green light to be promoted, so it will be the team who finishes highest who earns a rise in class.

Clements said: “A lot of hard work has gone in off the pitch, from a lot of different people, to ensure we are in a position to be promoted.

“It is up to us to do all we can on the pitch to make that happen.

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“We know our fate is out of our hands, but we have to concentrate on continuing to win games of football.

“The run of home fixtures will hopefully help us do that and every victory we get increases the pressure on the teams above us.”

Rovers have been boosted by the return of influential midfielder Jack Watson following a spell at Soham.

He was introduced as a substitute as they triumphed 3-1 at bottom side Whitton United last Saturday.

Clements added: “Jack took the opportunity to go to a higher-level, but he felt he missed being at Goddy.

“He is not motivated by anything other than enjoying his football and this is the place he does that the most. He is going to have to fight for his place, but he makes our squad better on and off the pitch.”

Micky Hyem made the breakthrough at Whitton late in the first half before defender Charlie Bowen clinched victory with a pair of headers in the second period.

Bowen completed a hat-trick of sorts when also striking in the wrong net to provide the hosts with their consolation.