NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Eynesbury out to create a record tomorrow as boss heaps praise on late-goal hero who ensured they equalled milestone last weekend
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Eynesbury produced a second-half turnaround to equal a long-standing club record last Saturday . . . now boss Mark Ducket wants his men to create one of their own tomorrow.
Tom Coles lobbed a late winner as Rovers reeled off a ninth successive United Counties League Premier Division victory by beating Sleaford Town 2-1 at Hall Road.
It is only the second time they have managed such a feat at Step 5 level and came a quarter of a century after their club’s previous best hot streak.
But Ducket, who missed the Sleaford success due to work commitments overseas, is not content with merely matching a feat last achieved in the 1990/91 season - he wants his side to take their triumphant run into double-figures this Saturday when travelling to Leicester Nirvana.
“I’m very proud of the boys to equal a club record which has stood for so long,” said Ducket. “It highlights the fact we have a really special group of players this season.
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“But, from all the reports I’ve received, it sounds like we really had to grind out a result.
“I’m told it was a typical performance from us in that we didn’t perform well for a full 90 minutes, but still did enough to win the game.
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“It sounds so silly after nine successive league wins, but there really is so much more to come if we really click.
“But we’ve got into the great habit of winning games of football and hopefully that can continue.
“Going to Leicester Nirvana won’t be easy. They might be struggling in the bottom six, but they’ve won more games than they’ve lost at home and they’ll no doubt be very keen to stop us.”
Seeing off Sleaford certainly wasn’t a doddle for Eynesbury last Saturday.
They had to do it the hard way after falling behind when a George Asplin effort caught out goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose after 15 minutes.
Rovers levelled in the 66th minute when leading scorer Craig Smith earned and converted a penalty to register his 15th goal of the season.
And the turnaround was completed with three minutes to go as Coles struck the decisive blow, latching onto a Dom Mason pass and guiding his finish into the corner of the net.
And Ducket had special words of praise for match-winner Coles, who struck his 12th goal of the season to earn victory.
He added: “Tom is part of the furniture at Eynesbury after being a great servant to the club for a number of years.
“It was really fitting for him to score the goal that enabled us to equal the record.
“He’s having the season of his life and that is reward for his terrific commitment and attitude. Eleven of him in a team would be one hell of a side.”
* Rovers claimed a knockout success in midweek when winning 2-0 at Godmanchester Rovers in the opening round of the Hinchingbrooke Cup.
Darren Woodend and James Ducket provided the goals in the Wednesday night win.
Eynesbury also knocked Godmanchester out of the FA Cup earlier in the season.