The Golden Boot of top-scorer Tom leads Godmanchester to runners-up spot

Godmanchester Rovers celebrate their runners-up finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

Godmanchester Rovers celebrate their runners-up finish in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division. - Credit: Archant

Godmanchester Rovers completed their best-ever Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division campaign in possession of the runners-up shield.

Rovers were presented with the honour after clinching second spot thanks to a 4-1 success over Hadleigh at Bearscroft Lane on Saturday.

And it proved to be a milestone occasion for hot-shot striker Tom Meechan whose brace of goals ensured he reached the half-century for the season.

Meechan has received the Premier Division ‘Golden Boot’ with 34 of his efforts arriving in league action.

Outgoing Rovers co-boss Nev Nania, who is set to ‘move upstairs’ in the summer, said: “The league table doesn’t lie after 10 long months and there is no doubt in my mind we deserve to finish as runners-up.

“We had a bit of a wobble towards the end of the season, but we got the results we needed to finish the job.

“We did our best to live with Norwich United but they have ended up running away with the title by a stack of points.

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“We can class ourselves as the best of the rest and that’s not a bad achievement in a strong league.”

Meechan’s opener against Hadleigh was cancelled out before Jamie Alsop restored the advantage.

Meechan linked superbly with James Hall to extend the advantage before Hall completed the scoring.

But the success of a second-placed finish will no doubt have been tinged by the disappointment of failing to secure promotion. Rovers did initially apply to be considered to go up, but later withdrew their application.

It certainly looks like a missed opportunity with champions Norwich United also scrapping their plans to take promotion. Third-placed Stanway also took the same course of action.

Godmanchester’s season is not over. They take on United Counties League side Yaxley in the Hunts Senior Cup final at Jubilee Park, Huntingdon on Friday, May 15.