Nania out to end on a high as Godmanchester go in search of Senior Cup success

Godmanchester Rovers co-boss Neville Nania holds aloft the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division runners-up

Godmanchester Rovers co-boss Neville Nania holds aloft the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division runners-up shield. - Credit: Archant

Neville Nania is dreaming of a glorious end to his managerial career on Friday night.

The Godmanchester co-boss is standing down at the end of the season due to a combination of work and family commitments.

But he wants to go out with a bang by lifting the Hunts Senior Cup when Rovers take on Yaxley at Jubilee Park in Huntingdon (7.45pm).

Nania said: “It is a special game for me as I leave behind management after the best part of 20 years.

“I would love to go out on a high. It has already been an excellent season with a runners-up finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and a cup win would cap it off nicely.

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“I’ve had a lot of good times in football. I did everything from running the youth team to being chairman at St Ives and I’ve had four wonderful seasons at Godmanchester.”

The Hunts Senior Cup has been much maligned this season due to the withdrawal of the two highest-ranked teams in the county.

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St Neots Town were unable to raise a side for a January semi-final at Yaxley while St Ives could not field a team for their re-arranged last-four date at Godmanchester in February.

In fact Yaxley have advanced to the final without kicking a ball after receiving a bye at the quarter-final stage.

Nania added: “I’m old school in my views and the county cup is a competition which means a lot to me.

“It is not our fault that certain teams have chosen to do what they have by pulling out.

“We beat Huntingdon 7-2 in the quarter-final when they were still a good side and I feel sure we would have beaten St Ives as well.

“I’m looking forward to the final and hopefully it will be a good game between two teams who know each other pretty well.”

Godmanchester and Yaxley have plenty of history this season. Rovers dumped their county rivals out of the FA Cup back in August before Yaxley returned the compliment in the FA Vase.

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