New Huntingdon Town boss makes his point, debutant stars for Eynesbury Rovers and Hyem is too hot to handle as Godmanchester go on a goal spree
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Bob Warby began his Huntingdon Town reign with a pleasing point yesterday.
The rock-bottom United Counties League side’s third boss of the season collected just their third positive Premier Division in a goalless draw against Harrowby.
The Town side which started the wind-ravaged clash at Jubilee Park contained four new signings while another recruit, the returning Gey Mailancol, arrived from the bench as a second-half substitute.
Full-back Anthony Melton, midfield duo Gary White and Giuliano Staffieri, and wideman Joe Goodall were the starters drafted in by Warby since he succeeded Scott Witherall in the Town hotseat last weekend.
Their presence certainly helped to give Huntingdon a considerably more solid look as they managed a third clean sheet of the campaign – no mean feat considering 128 goals had been leaked in their previous 30 league games.
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Goalmouth incidents were few and far between with Goodall forcing Harrowby goalkeeper Jonny Hotson into his only testing save late in the first half.
That came just before the visitors did succeed in getting the ball in the net, but the flag of an eagle-eyed assistant referee soon cut short the offside Callum Wilkinson’s celebrations.
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Harrowby full-back John Currall dragged a good opportunity well wide moments later while fellow defender Olly Dyson hit a post earlier in the first period.
Huntingdon’s latest point takes their overall tally to seven this term, but still leaves them 11 from safety with the same number of matches remaining.
They have also played considerably more games than their fellow strugglers, but the appointment of Warby looks set to ensure an improved end to the season even if relegation can’t be avoided.
New recruit Daril Ngwala announced his arrival in style as Eynesbury extended their stunning run of form.
The former Bedford Town wideman struck a spectacular opening goal to help Rovers to victory in a United Counties League Premier Division showdown at Deeping.
Ngwala broke the deadlock 20 minutes into the top-six contest which was settled by Tom Coles midway through the second period.
The latest success extended Eynesbury’s unbeaten run to 12 matches – a hot streak which stretches back to mid-November.
Godmanchester Rovers reacted to the loss of their leading scorer by going on a goal spree.
Hot-shot James Hall left for higher-level Cambridge City earlier this week, but they made light of his absence when powering to a 6-1 success at Fakenham in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Micky Hyem was the star of the show with a four-goal haul while Tom Spark hit the other two Rovers goals.