NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Problems of a good sort as Godmanchester Rovers continue glorious run

Jack Chandler (left) has scored three times in two games for Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: DUNCAN L

Jack Chandler (left) has scored three times in two games for Godmanchester Rovers. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers manager Ollie Drake admits his side’s wonderful winning run is causing him problems!

Drake revealed that selected his starting XI has become a major headache during a run of seven successive victories.

Six of those have been picked up in Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division fixtures to catapult Rovers into the top six in the standings – including two on home turf in recent days.

Jack Chandler, Simon Unwin and Matty Allan struck in the opening half-hour to earn the 3-1 victory against Haverhill Borough last Wednesday night. The visitors hit a late consolation.

And Chandler took his goal tally to three in two games when bagging a brace in the opening 45 minutes to secure a 2-0 victory against Thetford last Saturday.

“We had to grind out a result on Saturday without playing particularly well,” said Drake.

“You’ll never catch me complaining about a clean sheet and three points, though.

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“We squandered a few chances, but we defended very well throughout and weathered a couple of storms.

“It’s an exceptional run of form and it is now causing me headaches when picking the team, but I’m sure all managers would love to have that problem.”

Rovers now face a run of four successive away fixtures in three different competitions.

It begins with a trip to Brantham Athletic this Saturday which provides a clash between the teams current sitting fourth and fifth in the Premier Division standings.

The Norfolk side are one place and two points better off than Rovers currently.

Drake’s men then go to Saffron Walden on Tuesday for another league clash before turning their attention to knockout competitions. They are at Hanley in the first round proper of the FA Vase on October 21 and than make the shorter trip to holders Eynesbury for a Hunts Senior Cup clash on October 24.

“We’ve got a tough run of away games coming up and we’re relishing the challenges they will provide,” added Drake.

“We were very unfortunate to lose to the top two teams in the table – Felixstowe and Newmarket – so hopefully we can get a result at Brantham.

“I don’t know too much about them, but their league position alone tells us we will face a difficult test.”