NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Eynesbury Rovers deliver the ‘most satisfying result of manager Mark Ducket’s reign
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Manager Mark Ducket hailed his Eynesbury heroes – following the most pleasing result of his Rovers reign.
Ducket’s men triumphed 3-0 at previously unbeaten Deeping Rangers in the United Counties League Premier Division yesterday.
It was an eye-catching result achieved despite being reduced to 10 men late in the first half when fiery midfielder Hayden Bream was red-carded for lashing out at an opponent.
Rovers were already in command by then thanks to an early opener from defender Jack Uttridge which was followed by a Craig Smith effort on the half-hour.
It was the frontman’s 50th and arguably easiest goal in an Eynesbury shirt after a cross from namesake Luke Smith was spilled by Deeping keeper Richard Stainsby.
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Bream saw red eight minutes later for kicking out but the numerical disadvantage didn’t prevent Rovers from extending their lead when Danny Draper latched onto a fine Jack Warwick pass to tuck away his fifth goal of the season.
He should have struck again barely a minute later but saw a penalty saved after Craig Smith had been sent tumbling by Stainsby.
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New signing Callum Milne, a midfielder who has arrived from fellow Premier Division side Harborough, was denied a debut goal by a good save while Draper saw another effort kept out by Stainsby.
But Rovers had already done enough to secure an emphatic success – one which impressed their manager hugely.
“It is undoubtedly the most satisfying result I’ve had as Eynesbury manager,” insisted Ducket. “The fact the scoreline was only 3-0 flatters Deeping.
“We bossed the game despite being down to 10 men and they barely had a chance in all honesty.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like I did yesterday after a game, but we aren’t going to get carried away as we are still way off a lot of the big hitters in this league.”
Eynesbury sit third in the table after six games and entertain Ducket’s tips for the title at Hall Road next Saturday (September 29).
And despite Premier Division newcomers Rugby Town experiencing a mixed start, he still expects them to top the standings at the end of the campaign.
Ducket added: “Rugby have huge depth in their squad and their financial pull is frightening.
“I still think they will win the title, but our record against bigger opposition is pretty good and we can’t wait for the game after the result at Deeping.
“I know Rugby like to get the ball down and play, just as we do, so hopefully it will be a good spectacle.”