Godmanchester Rovers 2 Mildenhall Town 2
Goals: Taylor Parr, Luke Seaber-Shinn
MoM: James Hall (Goddy Rovers)
Match Report by Matty Haniver
On reflection we had more than enough of the game and chances to have won this game with a little to spare. But if you do not kill teams like Mildenhall off you pay the price as we did.
We went into the game on the back of a good performance against Saffron Walden which saw us somehow unable to get the win we deserved, but with confidence high, the visitors who are perennial stalwarts at this level always pose a stern test, and with Dean and Sean Greygoose in charge, you know you’ll face a team who give everything.
We started poorly but had the better of the opening chances. Hyem choosing to indulge with extra touches when faced with the Hall keeper , saw a recovering defender block his shot and a great chance went begging.
Shinn blazed wildly over twice when well placed and James Hall drew a good save as we searched for the opener in a disjointed display.
At the other end the visitors opened the scoring when Green latched onto a partially cleared punch from Conroy, his shot squirmed through the crowd of players and past the dispairing lunge of McDonald to put the visitors 0-1 ahead on 24 minutes.
Our response was good , from a Shinn set play Skipper Parr stabbed home to restore parity on 30 minutes and better was to come when one of the best passages of play saw us find Macca after 8 passes who swept a cross to opposite full back Parr who headed back across goal to Shinn who made no mistake on 34.
The visitors missed a great chance to draw level when Green fluffed a free header from six yards, with half time approaching.
The second half saw more of the bitty play of the first. Hyem and Diaper drew good saves as we looked to add to our lead.
On 75 minutes Austen raced clear 1v1, trying an outside of the boot effort which was saved. It was one of very few clear cut chances and a header from the visitors aside we were very comfortable.
However we gave away a horrible goal, there were so many things wrong in the goal we gave Town that it is hard to believe what you see sometimes.
In those closing minutes you need to be mentally strong and you need to concentrate for 94 minutes. In short we didn’t and payed the price.
We got what we deserved. Something short of a win.
On Saturday we go to Hadleigh, if we aren’t at it, we won’t get the 3 points we are after. We need to demonstrate we have the mental strength to deal with adversity. I’m sure the group will and bounce back strongly.
See you at the far post