NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Goals galore are in store as Eynesbury Rovers snap up another prolific star for promotion challenge
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Most non-league football managers can only dream of having a player capable of scoring more than 30 goals in a season . . . Eynesbury chief Mark Ducket has got three of them.
Rovers already boasted two hot-shots in Craig Smith and Tom Coles, who struck 34 and 31 times respectively last season. Now Ducket has added another of the most prolific players in United Counties League Premier Division football to his ranks.
Striker Dom Lawless, who found the net on 32 occasions for Newport Pagnell Town last term, has agreed to join Rovers’ promotion quest.
“Dom is a proven goalscorer who never stops working for the team,” said Ducket. He’s someone I’ve always liked and is another great signing, who has fitted in perfectly.
“Goals win games and it’s great to have so many players who are capable of putting the ball in the net. We didn’t just rely on Craig and Tom last season – we also had others chipping in with double-figures and we’ll need that again.”
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Lawless is the second new striker to arrive this summer with former Huntingdon and St Ives man Stuart Eason also joining.
Goalkeeper Dan George and defensive colossus Steven Gentle are other notable additions to a squad which lifted the Hunts Senior Cup last season.
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Rovers have their first pre-season friendly on Saturday when travelling to higher-level side AFC Dunstable (4pm).
The match was initially due to be staged at Hall Road, but Rovers’ pitch is not quite ready for use so has been switched to their opponents’ 3G surface.
It is the first of seven summer outings as Rovers prepare to a promotion challenge next season when two sides will go up from the Premier Division.
After back-to-back top-six finishes and their impressive summer recruitment, Rovers are likely to be strong contenders.
Ducket added: “I’m delighted with the squad we’ve been able to put together. We’re looking strong all over the park and the boys are all determined to win more silverware after lifting the county cup last season.
“The players can control their own destiny, but they have to remember it takes mental strength as well as ability to win league titles. We’ve fallen away towards the end of the last two seasons and can’t allow that to happen again.”