NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Rovers boss wants to get through December without a league defeat

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket.

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket. - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury boss Mark Ducket reckons an unbeaten December in the United Counties League Premier Division would be a perfect end to a pleasing 2016.

Rovers launched the month with a smooth 4-0 success against Northampton side ON Chenecks last Saturday to preserve their second position in the standings.

Jordan Brown made an early breakthrough at Hall Road before Eynesbury sealed victory with a three-goal onslaught in the space of four minutes around the hour mark.

Tom Coles doubled the lead with his 16th goal of the campaign before recent recruit Brandon Taverner opened his Rovers account with a quickfire brace.

And of particular satisfaction for boss Ducket was the clean sheet on a day when his first-choice back four of Matty Bannister, Darren Woodend, James Ducket and Dom Mason were reunited after recent availability and injury issues.

Ducket said: “It was a smooth win and that is exactly what we needed after a couple of difficult, up and down weeks.

“We didn’t put a foot wrong defensively and ON Chenecks crumbled as soon as we got ahead.

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“They couldn’t live with us during the onslaught in the second half, but it was a shame we then took our feet off the gas a bit towards the end when the game was already won.

“It still goes down as a good start to the month and hopefully we can keep it up.

“Our availability has improved again and there is fierce competition for places.

“It would be terrific if we could go through the month unbeaten to finish off what has been a really good 2016 for the club.”

Another new signing, midfielder Sven Hart, who has played for Division One side Oakham United, made his debut as a substitute against ON Chenecks.

Eynesbury now face a trip to Rothwell Corinthians this Saturday before completing the year with a home clash against Oadby (December 17), a derby trip to Huntingdon (December 23) and a Boxing Day visit from Newport Pagnell.

Rovers did suffer a blip on Tuesday night when bowing out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup at the quarter-final stage. They went down 1-0 at lower-level Potton.