NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Manager admits Eynesbury Rovers aren’t the finished article despite super United Counties League Premier Division start
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Manager Mark Ducket insists Eynesbury still require some fine tuning before becoming the finished article.
Rovers have enjoyed a fine start to their United Counties League Premier Division promotion quest by reeling off four successive victories.
Dom Lawless and Declan Rogers converted second-half penalties to extend the 100 per-cent streak with a 2-0 verdict at Leicestershire side Kirby Muxloe last Saturday.
“I’ve got to be happy that we’re winning games of football, but I know there is more to come,” stressed Ducket.
“We’re still trying to find the right mix with all the attacking talent we have.
“We’re in a position where a lot of players trying to express themselves a bit too much as individuals, when we need to ensure they come together fully.
“There is a fine line between playing well and over-playing - and we have come down on the wrong side of it a few times this season.
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“We’ve only really faced one team who are tipped to challenge for the title in Wisbech - and we played unbelievably well in that game last Tuesday.
“But I’ve also noticed the three supposedly lesser sides we’ve faced in our other fixtures have really raised their game against us.
“There is a lot more seriousness in the dressing room this season and that’s because the boys know what we want to achieve.
“But it is important we also keep the banter flying around and enjoying our football.”
Eynesbury had to wait until six minutes into the second half to hit the front at Kirby Muxloe.
Lawless made no mistake from the spot to register an eighth goal in as many appearances after Craig Smith was upended.
Lawless had been substituted by the time Rovers clinched victory when Jordan Brown earned another penalty in the final minute. Rogers duly stepped up to put it away.
The trip to Kirby Muxloe was the first of three successive away tests for Rovers.
They go to Peterborough Northern Star tomorrow night (Tuesday) and then travel to newly-promoted Daventry Town on Saturday.
“Northern Star are a young and hungry side who have been picking up points,” added Ducket. “And I know Daventry will also be a tough challenge.
“They’re establishing themselves in the Premier Division after winning the Division One title last season, and they’re very strong at home as well.
“But they are both games that we need to get results in if we are serious about trying to win the title.”
Ducket handed a debut to Matthew Miles at Kirby Muxloe. He is an unattached midfielder who is looking to return to full-time football after being released by Leicester City in the summer.
Full-backs Curtis Hartley and Jonny Hall have also joined in recent days - from Stamford AFC and Peterborough Sports respectively.