Rovers roar back to complete a cracking Christmas period

Eynesbury Rovers goalscorer Tom Coles.

Eynesbury Rovers goalscorer Tom Coles. - Credit: Archant

Eynesbury Rovers manager Mark Ducket wants his players to take their unbeaten United Counties League Premier Division run into double-figures.

Rovers’ proud streak stands at eight league matches after they recorded back-to-back victories during a successful Christmas period to climb into seventh place in the standings.

They had to mount a quickfire second-half comeback in the second of those games to turn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 triumph at Peterborough Northern Star yesterday.

They clawed themselves level courtesy of two goals in the space of five minutes from Tom Coles before substitute Alex Marsh, who had been introduced at the break after returning to the club while on holiday from university, fired them to victory on the hour.

They did have to survive a late scare as the referee deemed goalkeeper Ollie Sutton had been fouled as he failed to prevent a cross dropping into his net.

Ducket said: “In all honesty we should never have been in a position where we needed to come back in the way we did.

“But we found ourselves behind at the break and I asked the lads to show some character in the second half. They certainly did that.

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“We did have a bit of luck late on, but we are playing well enough to have caught a break like that.

“Momentum is a big part of winning football matches and that showed again on Monday.

“Eight games unbeaten is a great effort and now the challenge is to take the run into double-figures.”

That comeback completed a six-point festive spell for a Rovers side who had slammed rock-bottom Huntingdon 6-0 on Boxing Day.

James Freshwater needed only six minutes to break the deadlock from the penalty spot before Lee Bassett marked his return after a seven-week absence from the game by doubling the advantage.

Darren Woodend’s rare double (he has scored only 11 times in more than 200 appearances for Rovers) sealed the points before the break. His first goal also brought up an unwanted century for Huntingdon, who have now leaked a total of 109 goals in 26 league games.

Rob Ducket and recent recruit Jamie Blackwell – an ex-Huntingdon player – added further strikes for Eynesbury in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

Boss Ducket added: “It is a massive boost to have Lee back involved. He is a proven goalscorer at this level and his all-round play is excellent.”

Eynesbury go to Wisbech this Saturday.