Rovers played fellow Div 2 team Parrswood Thursday in the 1st round of the Divisional Cup. Rovers started brightly of the two teams without really testing Parrswood’s keeper.
After 15 minutes a back pass to Alex led to a him getting into an awful mess which meant their striker pounced and bundled home despite the efforts of Alex to make up for said mistake for 1 nil. It was like London busses as one mistake then quickly lead to another as another back pass was only cleared to the Parrswood striker who had the easy job to tap the ball in for 2 nil. Rovers were in shock and could not quite believe that they were 2 nil down. Rovers started to press but the final ball was simply not good enough. Only one ball from around 10 crosses fell to a Rovers layer or evaded the first man with the only one falling to Kyle on the edge of the box but his header would only find the cross bar after beating the keeper.
The defence were still not confident and Parrswood smelt blood and went for the jugular. It was soon 3 nil inside 30 minutes when a long ball to their best player on the right wing who then sprinted clear to beat Alex. To be fair this was Parrswood’s only route to goal but a route that was successful. Chance after chance soon after fell to this player who wasn’t clinical in front of goal. After 35 minutes it was 4 nil and, without admitting it at the time the tie was over. Again, a cross field ball fell to their winger who crossed for the ball to be tapped in. Half time score 4 - 0.
The halftime team talk was easy. Forget the mistakes, stick to basics give as much effort as possible and win the 2nd half and get close to the reducing the deficit as possible and see what happens.
The 2nd half was much better for Rovers and to be fair was even. Rovers were more practical in terms of forward play with more shots at the Parrswood goal, but they never really tested the keeper. After 65 minutes a failed Rovers attack led to a breakaway with a long ball up to guess who, who calmly slotted past Alex for 5 nil. This didn’t deter Rovers who gave a lot of effort to get back into the game and get on the score sheet. Shots were becoming more often and now on target. Rovers however got the rewards when a low cross was tapped in by Bobo (now 2 in 2). Rovers kept attacking to seek another goal to at least win the half, but this was not meant to be. Gutted to be out the cup at this early stage. It hurts more with it being a good chance gone of some cup glory. Fair play to Parrswood who had a game plan and stuck to it. We wish them well in the Quarter Finals.
Now onwards an upwards again as next week we are back in league action and at last back at home when we host George FC on Saturday the 3rd of November at Rushford Park. This one being a 10:15am kick off.
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