NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Fabulous first half leads to a first Godmanchester Rovers of the new season to delight new boss Ollie Drake

Godmanchester Rovers players - including hat-trick hero Simon Unwin (headband) - celebrate against G

Godmanchester Rovers players - including hat-trick hero Simon Unwin (headband) - celebrate against Great Yarmouth. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

New boss Ollie Drake admitted a first success as Godmanchester Rovers manager provided a ‘great feeling’.

Drake’s men produced a rampant first-half performance to blow away Great Yarmouth with a 4-1 victory in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last Saturday - and two players back for second spells with the club shared the goals.

Ben Yeomans earned and converted an early penalty that put Rovers ahead before midfield man Simon Unwin took centre stage with a hat-trick.

And while Rovers’ second-half showing didn’t hit their heights of the opening 45 minutes as the visitors claimed a consolation, Drake was more than happy with what he saw from his men.

“It’s a great feeling to get the first win on the board,” said Drake, who was handed the Rovers reins after winning the Cambs League Kershaw Premier Division with Hardwick last season.

“I’m really pleased with the result and the performance – especially the first half when we were excellent.

“We didn’t play in the same manner in the second half and that’s often the way when well on top, but the players managed the game.

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“We’ll focus on the positives of that first 45 minutes which was just what we needed after a couple of tough results to start the season.

“We adopted a different philosophy, which gave everyone a positive mentality, and we started particularly well, which is something we hadn’t done in the opening two games.

“Ben’s penalty got us ahead and then Simon chipped in with what I would class as three very good team goals.

“The players have set the benchmark now with what they produced in the first half and if we can play to that level for even longer periods, we’ll stand ourselves in good stead.”

The visit of Great Yarmouth marked the start of a run of six home fixtures in eight games for Rovers.

That busy spell at the David Wilson Homes Ground continues on Wednesday night when a Haverhill Rovers side, who won all three games so far this season, arrive (7.45pm).

“I don’t know a lot about Haverhill, other than they have started the season very well,” admitted Drake.

“We’ll need to be on our game to get a result, but hopefully having plenty of home games in quick succession will help us to put a good run of form together.”

Drake’s side then face a long trip to Felixstowe & Walton United on Saturday.