NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Godmanchester Rovers on a roll as their recovery gathers pace
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The Godmanchester Rovers recovery has continued in recent days – thanks to two eye-catching away successes in two different competitions.
Rovers ignited their rapid charge away from relegation danger in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last Saturday when powering to a 4-2 triumph at Hadleigh.
Assistants Nev Nania and David Hurst – a double-winning managerial duo for the club a few years ago – took charge of Rovers with player-boss Chris Hyem away.
And they formed a successful alliance again as striker Arran Mackay broke the deadlock with a bullet header from a Ben Keating corner – his third goal in as many games.
The same supply line was responsible when Reece King doubled Rovers’ advantage, but Hadleigh halved their arrears before the break when goalkeeper Richard Brandon slipped when attempting to claim a cross.
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The hosts then levelled when dominating the early stages of the second period, but Rovers responded superbly. Substitute Jake Burton pounced to restore the lead after a Keating shot had been spilled by the home goalkeeper and Christian Le saved the best until last by stylishly clinching victory with a smart finish after swapping passes with Mackay.
Nania said: “We could quite easily have gone under in the second half when Hadleigh got themselves level while putting us under pressure.
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“But we decided to pep things up with three quick substitutions and that gave us the extra spark to go on and win the game.
“It gave us another jolt up the table and our sights are firmly set on getting up into the top half of the table.”
It was a second eye-catching away success in the space of five days after Rovers booked their place in the semi-finals of the Hunts Senior Cup last Tuesday night.
They triumphed 2-1 at powerful United Counties League Premier Division outfit Yaxley thanks to goals from Josh Sewell and Mackay.
It has set up a battle of the brothers in the last four as Hyem takes his Rovers side to higher-level St Neots, where sibling Micky plays.
Hyem has tempted a former Rovers favourite back to the club.
Tom Moran has rejoined after spending the opening part of this season at higher-level Histon.
He is expected to be involved when Godmanchester entertain Walsham-le-Willows in a Premier Division clash at the David Wilson Homes Ground this Saturday.
But Hyem has failed in a bid to bring back two more of the many players who left the club in the summer.
St Neots winger Tom Spark and Newmarket defender Charlie Bowen have both snubbed his advances.