Rampant Rovers are Christmas crackers - but it is disappointment for the rest
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There was derby delight for Eynesbury Rovers, but festive cheer was in short supply elsewhere during the Christmas football programme.
Rapidly-rising Rovers roared to a third successive United Counties League Premier Division victory when putting local rivals Huntingdon Town to the sword in an early Boxing Day kick-off.
Martin Field’s men triumphed 3-0 at Jubilee Park thanks to two goals late in the opening period and a Lee Bassett clincher from the penalty spot.
Alex Marsh marked his 50th Eynesbury appearance with the opening goal after combining with Bassett to fire his fifth goal in three games.
Marsh then turned provider when being involved in a neat one-two as Stephen Smith doubled the advantage six minutes later.
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And any feint hopes of a Huntingdon revival were ended late on when Bassett tucked away his 14th goal of the season after being sent tumbling by home defender Dan Newman inside the box.
But Eynesbury were the only local winners as three other sides slumped to defeats and another was forced out of action.
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St Ives had striker Will Muzuimbiri dismissed as their six-match Southern League Division One Central unbeaten run came to an end yesterday.
Ricky Marheineke’s men were sunk 4-2 by Royston Town at ProEdge Westwood Road.
The Saints led through Scott Sinclair before Muzuimbiri conceded a penalty from which the visitors levelled.
They fell behind later in the first half from the ninth in a succession of Royston corners before Muzuimbiri was dismissed for collecting a second caution eight minutes into the second half.
Royston made their numerical advantage count to hit two further goals before substitute Jonny Stead hit a late consolation.
Managerless St Neots suffered Boxing Day defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Corby Town in the Southern Premier Division.
They were beaten 4-2 at the Cozy Stadium and slipped to eighth in the table after being stung by three goals in the final 10 minutes from the joint leaders.
Top-scorer Drew Roberts had earlier hit a second-half to turn a losing predicament into a winning position, but they were unable to keep the visitors at bay.
New boss Anton Fife is still looking for his first win at the St Neots Youth & Saints helm. They were thumped 5-0 at Peterborough Sports in United Counties League Division One today.
Godmanchester Rovers couldn’t boost their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division promotion bid after seeing a trip to Ely City postponed.