NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Rovers suffer Vase slaughter, Huntingdon put to sword by title favourites, draw almost becomes a win for Godmanchester Rovers

Eynesbury Rovers striker Craig Smith (left) was sent off in their FA Vase exit.

Eynesbury Rovers striker Craig Smith (left) was sent off in their FA Vase exit. - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury Rovers suffered an FA Vase humiliation last Saturday when crashing to their worst defeat for almost six years.

Mark Ducket’s men slumped out of the famous competition after a 7-0 spanking at Yaxley – a side they had beaten earlier this season in a United Counties League Premier Division fixture.

But that form was well and truly reversed in this first qualifying round tie as Rovers had striker Craig Smith sent off before the half-hour mark for collecting two cautions in the space of four minutes.

Smith picked up his first yellow card for a foul and then received his marching orders when using a hand to put the ball in the net moments later.

Eynesbury were already behind at that point after conceding twice in the opening quarter-of-an-hour and the 10-men then leaked four goals during a nightmare 12-minute spell early in the second half.


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A late strike from a corner then added further salt into the wounds.

Huntingdon were also on the wrong end of an emphatic scoreline as they went down 8-1 at United Counties League Premier Division title favourites Peterborough Sports. Ben Colmer hit a late consolation for Town.

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Godmanchester Rovers were the only local side to pick up a positive result last Saturday.

Substitute Sam Brooks put them ahead in a 1-1 draw at Fakenham in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

And player-boss Adie Cambridge then came agonisingly close to a last-gasp winner when seeing a long-range strike tipped onto the underside of the bar.

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