NON-LEAGUE: First league defeat since August leaves Eynesbury Rovers boss devastated, but he urges his players not to dwell on it
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Mark Ducket has urged his Eynesbury players to turn the disappointment of failing to set a new club record into the delight of another winning run.
Rovers saw their super streak of nine successive United Counties League Premier Division victories come to an end last Saturday.
They produced a sub-standard performance when falling to a 2-1 defeat at Leicester Nirvana, with substitute Rhys Thorpe grabbing their consolation goal during 11 minutes of stoppage time at the end of the second half.
The damage had been done in the opening half of the first period with Suleman Nassor firing the hosts ahead before their advantage double in highly fortunate fashion through a Darren Woodend own goal after a shot had been parried against him by goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose.
But third-placed Rovers can ill afford to dwell on a first league loss since late August as they face a run of three important games in the next six days.
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They go to struggling Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow night(Wednesday) before entertaining table-topping title favourites Peterborough Sports in a mouth-watering Hall Road fixture this Saturday.
Ducket said: “It would have been really special for this group of players to set a new club record and also to reach the milestone of 10 league wins in a row.
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“Disappointed doesn’t do my feelings justice – I’m absolutely devastated about it not happening.
“But we only have ourselves to blame for putting in a poor performance and I can’t help thinking some of the lads’ minds were elsewhere.
“I fear we had an eye on the Peterborough Sports game and I’ll make sure that doesn’t happen again on Wednesday when we have another important game at Northern Star.
“We dropped three points last Saturday and we can’t afford to drop anymore at Star. We’ve beaten them twice this season at our place in the league and FA Cup, and we need another result now.
“It’s a test of character to bounce back from a defeat and the ideal way to get over it is to start another winning run.
“And we need to come through that test before we can even start to focus on Sports, who are a team full of frightening quality. You only have to look at their results to see that.”
Ducket handed a debut to loan recruit Jared Cunniff at Leicester Nirvana. The St Ives Town midfield ace is gaining match fitness at this level following a stint in Australia.
But Rovers missed two of their own influential players in the centre of the park with assist king Hayden Bream banned and high-scoring Tom Coles unavailable. They both return at Northern Star.