NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Eynesbury Rovers, Huntingdon Town and Godmanchester Rovers all make their point
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It was a case of draws all round for local sides at Step 5 level yesterday.
Eynesbury Rovers were involved in a goalless deadlock at fellow high-fliers Desborough in the United Counties League Premier Division – although both teams came close to pinching victory in the closing stages.
Jordan Brown was denied by a full-stretch save before the underside of the crossbar came to Rovers’ rescue when a Jason Turner shot beat goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose.
Eynesbury top-scorer Craig Smith had earlier been denied by a fine save in the first half before seeing a goalbound shot blocked by a defender in the second period.
It was only the second time all season that Mark Ducket’s second-placed men have failed to find the net, but the point preserves their four-point cushion over Desborough, who sit third.
Eynesbury are now five points adrift of table-toppers Peterborough Sports, who they hadn’t beaten on the previous Saturday.
Bottom side Huntingdon saw a lead slip from their grasp on three occasions as they were held to a draw in a Jubilee Park thriller.
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Town had to settle for a 4-4 outcome against Northampton side ON Chenecks on a day when strike ace Addie Staffieri hit a hat-trick.
His fifth-minute opener was quickly cancelled out before he restored the advantage midway through the first period.
Recent Lithuanian recruit Donatas Petrauskas quickly added his first Town strike and Bob Warby’s men maintained their two-goal cushion until the break.
The visitors halved their deficit seconds after half-time and then levelled on 68 minutes.
Staffieri struck again to complete his treble five minutes later, but again the visitors responded to snatch a draw.
And Godmanchester Rovers were also involved in a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division stalemate.
The local fell behind six minutes before the break at Kirkley & Pakefield, but Arran Mackay levelled with a quarter-of-an-hour to go as they climbed a point clear of the relegation zone.