NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Eynesbury chief hails his ‘trojans’ but won’t yet class them as title contenders

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket.

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket. - Credit: Archant

Delighted Eynesbury boss Mark Ducket has saluted the set of players who provided him with his finest moment in management.

That’s how Ducket described Rovers’ terrific 2-1 triumph against table-topping title favourites Peterborough Sports in the United Counties League Premier Division last Saturday.

The victory, secured by a high-class late strike from Allan Owen, lifted Eynesbury into second place and within three points of the side they conquered on a memorable afternoon at Hall Road.

But Ducket, who has masterminded a miraculous upturn in fortunes during his 11 months at the Eynesbury helm - his first managerial post - stopped short of classing his team as title contenders.

He said: “Beating a team of Sports’ quality, in such a big game, is by far my best moment in management so far.

“They are a top side with quality in every position, but we more than matched them. I didn’t just have 11 players on that pitch on Saturday - I had a team of trojans who ran their hearts out and put their bodies on the line.

“I’ve always believed in my ability as a manager and I could not have more belief in my group of players, but I’m not going to claim we are title contenders after little more than a third of the season. It is too early for statements like that.

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“However, if we’re in this sort of position when two thirds of the season have gone, I’ll start thinking about it.”

The victory against Sports was Eynesbury’s 10th win in their last 11 league games.

And that sparkling run has led to their boss being recongised with Ducket named the October manager-of-the-month in the Premier Division.

He will hope to avoid the curse of such accolades when Eynesbury entertain an improving Cogenhoe side tonight, 7.45pm.