Scorers: Bills, Gilly, Josh, Sam
Rovers continued their fine start to the season with a hard fought 4-2 win against division high flyers Urmston Meadowside.
Both sides started the game well and there was pressure from both teams. Chances were at a premium and Rovers had Dec and Tommo to thank for solid tackles which helped keep the Rovers’ net unharmed. The early stages of the first half also saw a couple of great saves from Ric.
The best chance of the early stages fell to Gilly after a brilliant cross field ball from Alex. Gilly got on end of it, beating the last man, but his chip went narrowly wide.
Fortunately for Rovers, their solid first half performance was rewarded in the closing stages. After good build up down right, Manu played Bills in. With his back to goal from a very tight angle, Bills found the far corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Shorty afterwards, another attack for Rovers resulted in a corner. Bills sent the ball in, which hit several of Gilly’s body parts, before eventually ending up in the back of the net with a cultured finish with his groin from 1 yard out.
In the Second half, Davyhulme’s pressure intensified and Rovers battled well. Whenever Rovers attempted to progress forward, Gilly and Josh were hacked down, with the foul count quickly totting up.
As Urmston continued to bomb forward, their build up was soon rewarded with a quick one-two, rendering the scoreline 2-2 with half an hour to go.
Encouragingly, Rovers kept battling and their was some good play and more good challenges at the back from every member of the back five.
With the game at risk of Urmston going ahead, Josh got on the end of a pass by substitute Sam. Determined to restore the lead, Josh skilfully converted the opportunity from the corner of the area with a delicate chip, putting Rovers 3-2 ahead.
That set the tone for the rest of the game and Rovers were not satisfied with the one goal advantage. After more great work from Josh, who covered every blade of grass on the pitch, Sam found himself through on goal and found the back of the net expertly whilst under pressure, making the score a more comfortable 4-2.
Further chances followed for Rovers with some free kicks and Sam was unlucky not to add a second to his tally after Gilly crossed from the left.
As legs were tiring, all of the substitutes made a fantastic contribution and the debutants were excellent. Going forward, there are some extremely promising signs for both Sunday teams with quality players across both squads.
After the first month of the season, three wins out of four against some excellent teams represents a great start to the season from Rovers - long may it continue.