NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Godmanchester Rovers chief calls for more composure as chances go begging in Long Melford success

Arran Mackay made the breakthrough for Godmanchester Rovers as they won at Long Melford last Saturda

Arran Mackay made the breakthrough for Godmanchester Rovers as they won at Long Melford last Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Chris Hyem admitted a lack of composure almost proved costly for his Godmanchester Rovers side last Saturday.

Hyem’s men eventually struck twice in the final quarter-of-an-hour to earn a 2-0 victory at struggling Long Melford in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division – but not before a host of good chances had gone begging.

Leading scorer Arran Mackay eventually made the breakthrough before a deflected Chris Jones effort sealed a return to winning ways following Hyem’s sole league defeat at the helm the previous weekend.

But the boss admitted: “I feared it was going to be one of those frustrating afternoons.

“We had so many chances but looked like we were never going to score.


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“Lads were flapping and panicking when they had the time to just pick their spot.

“A 4-0 lead by half-time would not have been an unfair reflection of how the game had gone, but it took us until the final 15 minutes to finally put the ball in the net.

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“At least we got there in the end and managed to grind out a result. It was important to get straight back to winning ways after the defeat against Kirkley.”

The success at Long Melford leaves Rovers sitting 11th in the Premier Division standings. They have climbed eight places during Hyem’s reign after he inherited a club sitting in the relegation zone back in October.

Rovers return to action on Tuesday when they host Ely City at the David Wilson Homes Ground (3pm).

And Hyem knows the visiting Robins can’t be taken lightly despite their current position in the bottom three.

Hyem added: “I never dreamed we could climb the table as quickly as we have done.

“We were in the bottom three when I came in and now we’re only six points off the top six.

“It’s terrific progress, but we need to keep it going by performing for every minute of every game.

“Ely certainly won’t be an easy one. It’s a derby and they are clearly a capable team given they are still in the FA Vase.”

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