Vase shoot-out has an extra edge for Rovers
Fans of Godmanchester Rovers could be forgiven for being a little nervous as they prepare to take on neighbours Huntingdon Town in the FA Vase this weekend. Rovers have lost four of their five fixtures this season and lie third from bottom of the Ridgeons Le
Fans of Godmanchester Rovers could be forgiven for being a little nervous as they prepare to take on neighbours Huntingdon Town in the FA Vase this weekend.
Rovers have lost four of their five fixtures this season and lie third from bottom of the Ridgeons League Division One.
Former manager Ian Jackson, who had come under criticism for a lack of local players in the side, was sacked days before the new season and ex-managers Karly Hurst and Eric Cheesewright were appointed to look after the team.
Cheesewright said: "We've filled the team with a lot of local youngsters and they've got to learn quickly.
"We'll have a few important players back for the Huntingdon game and we're confident we can give them a run for their money."
Meanwhile, Town are improving fast with three impressive performances in a row and new manager Paul Swannell believes his side are beginning to gel.
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Swannell said: "I brought a lot of players with me over the summer and it has taken a bit of time for everyone to settle in but now we look like we're getting there.
"The Godmanchester match is a big one for the chairman and the committee, but I'll be asking the players to go out and do their usual job - to win for the team and progress in the FA Vase," he said.
The match takes place on Saturday at Bearscroft Lane, with a 3pm kick-off.
Ridgeons League Division One
Godmanchester Rovers 0 Great Yarmouth Town 4
ROVERS fell to their second consecutive home defeat as they were comprehensively beaten.
The home side were missing several players and never recovered after scoring two own goals either side of half-time.
Joint-manager Eric Cheesewright said: "The own goal we scored just before the break really knocked the stuffing out of us and it was always going to be an uphill battle from that point on."
UCL Division One
Rothwell Corinthians 2 Huntingdon Town 2
TEN-MAN Town was denied all three points - and the chance to move up to third in the league - by a last-gasp equaliser at Rothwell.
Manager Paul Swannell had harsh words for goalscorer Adam Collins after he was needlessly dismissed for arguing with the referee with Town leading 2-1.
Swannell said: "Up until that point Collins was our stand-out player but he has to learn to keep his mouth shut.
"I've got no complaints about the decision. I could see the referee didn't want to send him off but he had no choice in the end.
"To concede twice from corners is disappointing and we'll be working on that during the week."
Corinthians took a 28th-minute lead from a corner when Dave Briffa headed in, but Collins equalised for Huntingdon on the hour with a fine finish after great work from Alan Haine. Billy Tumblety scored his third penalty in consecutive games after 68 minutes to give Town the lead after Ryan Francis was tripped.
Collins was dismissed after 77 minutes for foul and abusive language, and the 10 men just failed to hold out with more poor marking from a flag-kick allowing Sam Johnson to power home an 88th-minute equaliser.