NON-LEAGUE: Stand-in goalkeeper Steve Hurst is Godmanchester Rovers’ hero while woodwork frustrates Huntingdon Town

Steve Hurst (left), playing as a defender earlier in the season, provied to be an inspired goalkeepi

Steve Hurst (left), playing as a defender earlier in the season, provied to be an inspired goalkeeping stand-in for Godmanchester Rovers yesterday. - Credit: Archant

Emergency goalkeeper Steve Hurst proved to be a penalty-saving hero as Godmanchester Rovers picked up a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division point yesterday.

Defender Hurst stepped in between the sticks when Rovers were left with a recognised shot-stopper for their 2-2 draw against Hadleigh at the David Wilson Homes Ground.

With recent signing Evan Jeckells already serving a suspension, deputy Richard Brandon was a late drop-out.

That left Hurst to don the gloves and make a vital late contribution by keeping out a spot-kick as the spoils were shared.

Player-boss Chris Hyem said: “He has played in goal before and did really well.


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“The penalty save was huge as we really needed to pick something up after a run of defeats.”

Rovers fell behind early on, but were ahead by the break thanks to a Jordan Brockett leveller and a Chae Simons strike.

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Visitors Hadleigh levelled in the second period before Hurst brilliantly denied them victory.

Hyem added: “Too many lads though the game was won at 2-1, but Hadleigh got back level and would have won it had it not been for that penalty save.”

Huntingdon were frustrated by the woodwork in their latest United Counties League Premier Division loss.

Bottom-of-the-table Town succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Oadby Town at Jubilee Park yesterday.

They hit the post twice in as many minutes during a goalless first half through Rio Bento and Goran Smilkov.

Visitors Oadby were denied by the crossbar in the opening period but did eventually make the breakthrough on the hour before sealing their success with six minutes to go.

Town remain seven points adrift at the foot of the standings and have played three more matches than closest rivals Harrowby.

Eynesbury Rovers were out of action for the second successive Saturday as their trip to Harborough was postponed. They have now dropped to fourth position in the Premier Division table.

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