NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Six of the best for Godmanchester Rovers as a super September provides an ‘incredible turnaround’
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Godmanchester Rovers manager Ollie Drake has reflected on a stunning September – and challenged his players to make October every bit as good.
Rovers won six games during last month and lost just once. They catapulted themselves into the top half of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division standings and also made FA Vase progress during a sparkling run.
The latest of those successes arrived at the weekend when Rovers triumphed 1-0 at Ipswich Wanderers in a league clash.
Striker Ben Yeomans headed the only goal after being picked out by a Luke Seaber-Shinn free-kick delivery midway through the first half.
Recent signing Matty Allan was denied his first Rovers goal by the woodwork, but Yeomans’ fourth of the season proved enough to earn victory.
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“I’m absolutely delighted with the run of results we have put together,” said boss Drake. “In all fairness we were also excellent in the game we were beaten by Newmarket as well.
“It has been an incredible turnaround and the lads deserve a huge amount of credit for that.
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“We made a number of changes to our approach and the players put them into practice superbly. We have also developed a winning mentality and last Saturday highlighted that when we picked up the three points despite not being at our best.
“We were leaking goals like broken pipes earlier in the season, so four clean sheets in a row are particularly satisfying.
“We’ve seen what we can achieve in the space of a month – now we need to look at what we can produce over a longer period of time.”
A popular figure returned to the Rovers ranks last Saturday. Micky Hyem is back on loan from St Neots Town and played the full 90 minutes against Ipswich Wanderers.
He will again be involved for Drake’s men in two upcoming home games. They entertain Haverhill Borough at the David Wilson Homes Ground tonight (Wednesday) and then host Thetford Town this Saturday.
“Micky is a big signing for us,” added Drake. “He possesses experience, quality and a huge amount of enthusiasm.
“He’s a big favourite at Godmanchester and it’s a real coup to have him back.
“It might be for a month, it might be for less, it might turn into something longer – we’ll just see how the situation unfolds.”