NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Dominant Eynesbury set for another top-six challenge after sinking Star

Craig Smith scores Eynesbury Rovers' first goal in their win against Peterborough Northern Star. Pic

Craig Smith scores Eynesbury Rovers' first goal in their win against Peterborough Northern Star. Picture: TIM GATES - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury are homing in on the United Counties League Premier Division top six again - after putting a painful FA Vase exit out of their minds in perfect fashion.

Ben Hickling (2) scores Eynesbury Rovers' second goal in their win against Peterborough Northern Sta

Ben Hickling (2) scores Eynesbury Rovers' second goal in their win against Peterborough Northern Star. Picture: TIM GATES - Credit: Archant

Rovers were dumped out of the famous competition when suffering their heaviest defeat for almost six years – a 7-0 drubbing at Yaxley – last Saturday.

But they were quickly bang on song when delivering a dominant display to ease to a 3-0 league success against Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday night.

Striker Craig Smith and midfield man Hayden Bream both struck against their former club with teenage full-back Ben Hickling providing the pick of the goals at Hall Road.

The only surprise was that the match was not over by half-time following an opening period of one-way traffic.

Eynesbury celebrate Ben Hickling's strike against Peterborough Northern Star. Picture: TIM GATES

Eynesbury celebrate Ben Hickling's strike against Peterborough Northern Star. Picture: TIM GATES - Credit: Archant

All the hosts had to show for their superiority was Smith’s seventh goal of the season as he rose highest to head in a Bream cross in the 25th minute.

The creator and scorer had both been thwarted by impressive Northern Star goalkeeper Dan George before carving out a breakthrough, and the visiting number one also pulled off a super stop to deny Allan Owen.

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Eynesbury had to wait until midway through the second half to double their lead, but it was a goal of the highest quality.

Daniel Webb’s searching cross-field pass landed perfectly at the feet of on-rushing full-back Hickling, who steered a first-time finish across George and into the far corner.

And victory was secured with a quarter of an hour to go as Bream sent a fierce, rising shot from 20 yards past George.

Eynesbury are back on home turf at Hall Road this Saturday when they entertain Deeping Rangers.

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