Saturday senior football: Top five still on says Hurst

A round-up of the action involving our other senior non-league sides

GODMANCHESTER Rovers general manager Karly Hurst feels a top five finish in the Ridgeons League First Division is still well within his side’s grasp.

Hurst was speaking after the goalless draw with Thetford Town – one of the division’s form sides – at Bearscroft Lane on Saturday, which leaves Goddy in ninth place and eight points off fifth-placed Thetford.

He said: “We’ve taken something like 20 points from a possible last 27, which is really encouraging and some of the best form we’ve shown over the past three or four seasons.

“I’ve also been delighted with just how solid we’ve been defensively and I think that, if we can look to be getting four to six points out of our next two games, then a top five or six finish is on.”

Rovers go to Ipswich Wanderers tomorrow (Wednesday) before then making the trip to Stowmarket Town on Saturday.

Last Wednesday evening, they were narrow 1-0 winners at Saffron Walden Town, with Tom Lloyd getting the only goal of the game.

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In UCL Division One, Huntingdon Town are now up to seventh place after securing their third win in four league games with a heavy 4-0 win at Burton Park Wanderers on Saturday.

Ryan Spencer, Dan Drane, Adam Lacey and Ondre Odain got the goals for the visitors, who have now taken 10 points from a possible last 12.

But boss Ricky Marheineke isn’t getting carried away, saying: “The players deserve a lot credit for working hard as a team - as well as individually - to improve and we’ve certainly done that.

“We’re harder to beat now and are creating chances. We were second from bottom a few weeks ago but, as I’ve said to the players, we’ve achieved nothing.

“It’s four games in which we’ve played well but, if we go and lose our remaining games, then we’ve achieved nothing.

“But we’re certainly going in the right direction.”

Huntingdon visit Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday.

In the UCL Premier St Ives Town, without a league fixture at the weekend, are scheduled to be back in action tonight (Tuesday) at home against Irchester United.

This weekend, Ives go to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby and will be looking to carry forward the momentum gained from last Tuesday’s excellent 3-0 home win over Daventry United.

Connor Washington, Scott Fielding and Lee Ellison were the marksmen and co-boss Jez Hall was pleased.

“Although the first half was even, the second half we completely controlled and should have won by even more,” he said.

• St Ives Town FC has announced there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at Westwood Road on Monday, April 11 at 7pm. The meeting is open to all members and has been called to discuss proposed amendments to the constitution of the club.