NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Two fine performances, four welcome points and suddenly things are looking up for Godmanchester Rovers
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Godmanchester Rovers manager Adie Cambridge saluted his players for picking up four much-needed Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division points in the space of five potentially season-changing days.
Struggling Rovers followed up a fine 1-1 draw at high-flying Thetford last Tuesday – when recent recruit Calum Gawthrope hit an equaliser – by collecting their second win of the campaign at the weekend.
A 3-1 triumph at the David Wilson Homes Ground last Saturday arrived against the same opponents – Ipswich Wanderers – that Rovers had also beaten to register their only previous league success of this term.
They made the perfect start when Chae Simons broke the deadlock in the opening minute before Joe Furness doubled the lead with a free-kick which flummoxed a stranded goalkeeper.
Simons struck again midway through the second half when benefitting from a fine run and pass from Arran Mackay, but the creator’s afternoon soon went downhill.
His first appearance since suffering a broken hand in the club’s first league game of the season ended in a dismissal after conceding a penalty with a quarter-of-an-hour to go.
The visitors did grab a consolation from the spot, but Rovers saw out the remainder of the contest to claim a vital win.
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Delighted boss Cambridge said: “We have produced two very good performances and been rewarded with two richly-deserved results.
“The boys are slowly getting to grips with what we want from them and the spirit is really growing.
“There is no doubt in my mind we can climb the table based on what we have produced against Thetford and Ipswich Wanderers, and I’m starting to see us as a top 10 team later in the season.
“A couple of good results have also done wonders for the atmosphere in the camp. It now feels like we have a football dressing room.
“It has been a pretty quiet place with a lot of new lads all getting to know each other while short on confidence due to results not going out way.
“But we’ve now got a bit of momentum behind us and can take that into the coming games.”
Cambridge also praised the impact of on-loan goalkeeper George Lawton, who has been borrowed from Soham Town Rangers and impressed in Rovers’ last two games.
Third-bottom Rovers remain in the Premier Division relegation zone, but they are now within one point of safety ahead of a trip to Wivenhoe tomorrow.
Cambridge will be hoping for a better outcome than in the reverse fixture. He admits the Essex side ‘battered us’ in a 4-0 August win.