Scorers: Andy M
Rovers played only their 4th game of the season as they travelled to Division 1 side (and last year’s Div 2 runners up) Brownley Albion in the 2nd round of the County Cup looking to reach the 3rd round for the first time ever. Rovers went into the game missing 7 players but still managed to put out a good squad. Luckily enough the Manger wasn’t needed to come off the bench unlike at times last season.
The game didn’t start the best for Rovers as after a good 10 minutes of settling in a ball was fed through to the striker on the edge of the box. He turned and shot to which Alex made a great save to parry the ball away but unfortunately the ball fell kindly to a Brownley striker to tap the ball into an empty net. 1 nil Brownley.
Rovers didn’t let this affect them and some really good football was played where they kept the ball moving from right to left, from defence to attack and back again to which Brownley couldn’t cope with. A great advert from what is being done in the training sessions. The only thing lacking was shots at goal and getting into the positions to test the Brownley back line.
Brownley played the counter attacking game to perfection and were dangerous on every break. Better finishing would have put Rovers out of site. The game was very open and it was just who could play the right final ball.
Rovers managed to get back in the game and equalise and deservedly so following neat passages of football. Some great one twos and a defence splitting pass on the angle found Andy clean through on the left hand side. He angled in on goal and finished nicely for 1-1.
With only two minutes of the half to go poor marking on Rovers left hand side on the by line led to Brownley putting in a dangerous cross which Alex managed to tip away however the ball landed to the feet of the Brownley striker whose shot took a deflection and evaded the defenders on the line to give Brownley a 2-1 lead at half time.
The second half was a game of who could counter attack better which unfortunately for Rovers it was Brownley Albion. Near enough all of Rovers attacks failed to materialise into anything which allowed Brownley to counter attack at will.
Brownley found themselves 3-1 up after 55 minutes following a slight collision between Jack and the Brownley striker. The Ref decided it was a penalty and the taker made no mistake from the spot. On 80 minutes the game was over for Rovers. As mentioned above failure to play the right ball in the final third cost the team as when trying to play the ball out of the back a short back pass to Alex found the striker managing to block Alex’s clearance. The only issue was it went straight into Rovers net for 4-1. A very deflating goal to concede.
Literally with the last kick of the game saw a Brownley corner played in and found a unmarked Brownley player blast the ball in from 6 yards. A very poor goal to concede from Rovers point of view.
Lots to learn and take from this game going forward. Great to have Phil and Sam get much needed game time after being away. The return of at least half the players missing for the next league game will be a much needed boost for the squad. The league and the divisional cup is the team’s bread and butter however to do well in said competitions the team needs to be cutting out mistakes and improving on decision making all round.
A huge thank you to a much improved Brownley Albion (from our games last season) who put food on after the game and good luck to them in the next round.
Back to league action next Saturday the 9th as Rovers travel to their home from home Trinity High School to face Hewlett. 10:15am kick off.
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