Scorers: Kyle x3, Josh, Gilly, Owen, Manu.
Rovers responded to last week’s defeat in emphatic fashion with a resounding 7-2 County Cup victory against last season’s bogey team, Davyhulme Park.
After three narrow defeats in three outings against Davyhulme last season, Kyle did his best to ensure the same didn’t happen again and gave Rovers an early lead, after some good build up play.
However, moments later, a rare Davyhulme attack was brought to a halt by the referee’s whistle. Feeling that Alex had tripped a Davyhulme player, the referee pointed to the penalty spot and despite Ric’s best efforts, the Davyhulme striker dispatched the spot kick to make it 1-1.
With Rovers keen to make amends for this, the restart was delayed, the referee brandishing a red card to a Davyhulme player for abusive language. However, the decision was rescinded and play then resumed.
With Josh the architect, Rovers applied the pressure to the Davyhulme goal and quickly found themselves back in front. Josh fired a powerful shot from range straight into the back of the net to make it 2-1 to Rovers and this was quickly followed by more Rovers’ goals.
Gav (who was adamant that this made the report) sent a lovely cross field ball to Owen, who crossed the ball for Kyle to put away his second of the game. Soon afterwards, a goal mouth scramble and some good battling from the Rovers’ attack led to Josh squaring the ball for Kyle, who slotted home for his hat trick and sending Rovers in 4-1 up at the break.
Not content with the first half performance despite the scoreline, Rovers knew more pressing needed to be done. In the first half, individuals had pressed but everybody recognised the need for Rovers to hunt in packs more.
Unfortunately for Rovers, it took an instant Davyhulme goal thirty seconds after the restart for the level of performance to be raised – something which surely must be improved on in subsequent games.
With the score now 4-2, an improved display followed for the remainder of the second half, with Davyhulme rarely troubling the Rovers’ net thanks to more intense pressing and solid defensive work.
Pouring bodies forward with every move, Rovers restored their three goal advantage when Owen squared to Gilly who slotted home from close range to make it 5-2. Further chances followed, with Kyle, Gilly, Owen and Lee all denied by good saves from the keeper. Even closer to adding to the score line were Josh and Bills, who both hit the woodwork.
After a slick move down the left, Josh received the ball and played an inch perfect cross to the far post which was met with a great header by Owen to make it 6-2 to Rovers.
With the clock winding down and Rovers looking dangerous with every attack, the final goal of the day came from Manu. Latching on to a through ball from Bills, Manu converted the chance to seal the three points and the 7-2 victory for Rovers.