NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Player-boss Chris Hyem insists Godmanchester Rovers sent out a statement of intent with super Saturday success
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Chris Hyem is convinced he can turn Godmanchester Rovers into a team to fear again in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Hyem’s men are enjoying a fine run after recording a third successive victory last Saturday - and the circumstances of a 1-0 win at title-chasing Felixstowe & Walton United make their latest triumph all the more impressive.
Rovers had to deploy physio Sam Palmer in goal for the clash against second-placed hosts in Suffolk after regular keeper Tom Smith was injured when playing for his parent club, St Ives Town, in a county Under 18 final the previous night.
And Palmer delivered a polished performance which came complete with a clean sheet in a match settled by a late strike from substitute Chae Simons.
Player-boss Hyem, who had to drop himself to conduct operations from the dugout with assistant boss Andy Davies away, said: “That is the most satisfying result of my time as manager.
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“I was manager, coach, kitman and water-boy all in one, and my players were superb to a man against a top side going for the title.
“Sam played brilliantly in goal and everyone in front of him showed exactly the sort of hunger and fight I’ve been looking for.
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“To grab a goal and get all three points was a bonus and it shows what is possible for this club again.
“It’s been a tough season with so many players leaving last summer and changes of management, but we’re getting back on track.
“We want to finish this season as well as we possibly can to send out a message that we’re serious about challenging again next season.”
Rovers finished as runners-up in the last two campaigns, but their squad broke up last summer.
Hyem stepped in as player-boss in October after close-season apppointment Adie Cambridge resigned following only four months in charge.
Rovers, who sit 13th in the Premier Division standings, face two games in three days over Easter.
They go to Walsham-le-Willows this Saturday before hosting Fakenham on Monday.