Midfielder signs off in winning style as he leaves Godmanchester Rovers for higher-level challenge at Soham
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Jack Watson enjoyed a winning farewell for Godmanchester Rovers.
The midfield ace helped Matt Clements’ men to a 4-1 success at FC Clacton in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last Saturday before departing.
Watson has agreed a move to higher level Soham and leaves with the best wishes of his former manager.
Clements said: “Jack is a brilliant lad and it was a very tough decision for him to move on.
“He’s had chances to go and test himself at higher levels before and remained loyal to Goddy, but this time he felt it was the right thing to do to take the chance he has earned by playing very well for us.
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“He goes with our blessing and best wishes, and he knows the door will always be open for him to come back.”
Rovers finished with a flourish to snatch victory at Clacton courtesy of three goals in the final quarter-of-an-hour.
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They had earlier seen a Jonny Hall opener cancelled out and were left fuming when a debut strike from John Yambasu was ruled out on the say-so of an assistant referee, who deemed leading scorer James Hall had been active in an offside position.
But they didn’t let the frustration fester as captain Taylor Parr guided them ahead from a Lewis McDonald long throw before James Hall bagged a brace to seal the points and take his terrific personal tally to 26 goals in just 24 appearances this season.
Clements added: “It wasn’t a case of setting the record straight against Clacton after losing to them at home before Christmas – it was more about keeping our good run going.
“It’s three league wins in a row now since that defeat to Clacton and we’re scoring plenty of goals again.
“That said it was a game we might well have ended up drawing or losing a month ago, but we responded well to having a big decision go against us.”
Rovers face a tough trip to United Counties League Division One leaders Peterborough Sports tonight in the Hinchingbrooke Cup as they aim to reach the semi-finals of a third knockout competition.
Clements will not rest players and call in youngsters as he did for a League Challenge Cup success at Downham Town last Tuesday.
Instead, he is bracing himself for a stern test against a Sports team who possess the only remaining 100 per cent in the top 10 levels of English football.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Sports,” he continued. “They’re clearly having a great season and have some very good players there.
“The reality is they will provide one of our toughest challenges of the season, but it is a game we believe we can win if we perform well.”