NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Godmanchester Rovers boss unhappy after his side are ‘battered’ at Woodbridge

Godmanchester Rovers manager Ollie Drake.

Godmanchester Rovers manager Ollie Drake. - Credit: Archant

Ollie Drake insists Godmanchester Rovers can afford no repeat of their Saturday shocker.

They suffered a second Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat of the season when thumped 3-0 at unbeaten Woodbridge Town.

Drake had no complaints about the outcome on a day when his side were ‘battered’, but he was far from impressed by the attitude and application of his players.

“Woodbridge are a very decent outfit,” admitted Drake. “There’s no doubt in my mind that they will be challenging for a place in the top six.

“But we made them look a lot better then they actually were. Their ex-pro (former Sunderland and Ipswich star Carlos Edwards) ran the game and was on another level to anyone else on the pitch.


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“We produced three excellent performances in a row ahead of this game. We also showed great character to come from behind late in the last two of them.

“But we never looked like scoring at Woodbridge and we were vulnerable every time they attacked us.

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“I put it down to a little bit of complacency with players not taking enough individual responsibility.

“I simply told the lads to get changed and go home after the game. I said nothing to them and will do my talking at training this week.

“One defeat never ranks as a crisis, but no stone will be left unturned to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Rovers fell behind midway through the first half before the deficit doubled 10 minutes into the second period. The home side’s clincher arrived in the closing stages.

Drake’s side have slipped to fourth in the Premier Division standings ahead of a home date against Clacton this Saturday.

* The club’s FA Vase first round tie at West Essex has been pushed back 24 hours to Sunday, October 14. Their hosts ground share at Barking who have a home game on the Saturday.

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