Saturday 5th December 2015 – Thurlow Nunn Premier Division

Godmanchester Rovers 3 Norwich United 0

Sponsor: The Blx
Man of the Match: TBC
Att: 89

No matter what happens between now and May, the group know full well that when we play with the intensity we showed today , we can beat anyone at this level.

The champions came to town, incredibly having only dropped 4 points this season, and having not tasted a league defeat.

We welcomed Evan Jeckles on loan from St Neots as cover for the injured Conroy, Groves back from suspension and goalscoring talisman James Hall back from travelling to booster a squad stretched to breaking point at Kirkley the week before.

Skipper Parr came into midfield to give us some presence and mobility, with Shinn coming in at left back and Hall going straight into his familiar 9 role.

From the moment you looked out the window you knew it was going to be an incredibly difficult afternoon for all, with the wind howling from the Bearscroft end straight down the pitch.

We started brilliantly, keeping Norwich penned in as they struggled to clear their lines on a heavy pitch in gale force conditions.

On 7 minutes Hall was too strong for the visiting skipper and turned him brilliantly in the corner, before whipping in a fantastic cross which was met with a bullet header from TOM SPARK to give us the lead our high tempo start deserved.

It was a super goal from a lad not known for his heading but is indicative of the how Sparky is adding the gritty elements to his game.

It got better on 11 minutes as a long wind assisted throw from McDonald was bundled home by AUSTEN DIAPER in typically brave fashion.

Hall, Hyem Bowen and Spark all had chances to increase the lead in a half that was more about game management than sparkling football.

At half time we talked about how we could counter act the conditions and limit Norwich, and to a man we did this magnificently with debutant goalkeeperĀ  Jeckles not having to save a shot.

On the hour the away team were reduced to 10 for what can only be described as a horrific tackle. Luckily for Micky he somehow was injured and got on to continue his brilliant performance.

5 minutes later the points were all but assured as LEWIS McDONALD smashed a worldy volley into the far corner, cutting across the ball to swerve it into the side netting for a goal that would grace any pitch let alone our heavy patch. It’s not the first time Macca has pulled something out the hat like that, and is an example of the quality he has when focused.

With Norwich chasing the game Blake had a good look at our goal but shot wide on 75 minutes. We looked to make our numerical superiority count as Hall shot wide when though 1v1 , Parr missed an open goal after latching on to a spilled shot and Hyem , Peacock, Diaper and Hall all could have given us the scoreline that wouldn’t have flattered us.

It was in terms of game management close to perfect from all units of the team and reminds us of what we are capable of.

Norwich are top for a reason, and that is that they are the most consistent team in our league by a mile. This is something we as a team are striving to emulate, as one performance gives you 3 points, but over the course of 38 games, we need to show the levels they do if we hope to be successful.

We have no game next Saturday , so it’s a chance to recover and refocus for the challenges over the festive periods

See you at the far post.

Matty H