Fleet Town 0 Rovers 1

Barton Rovers moved into the play-off places on Saturday with a slender 1-0 win against Fleet Town. After a strong performance during the 3-3 draw with AFC Dunstable on Tuesday, Rovers came into the game with a fully fit squad and buoyed by recent results. Recently signing from Chalfont St Peter, Byron Bubb was on the bench, with Joshua Bamford having now signed for Aylesbury. The game got underway at a rapid rate of knots with Michael Malcom having a gilt edged chance to open the scoring but watched his effort sail over the bar. Rovers were having the better of the play and dominated the opening period as they got their reward after 23 minutes. A perfectly weighted corner from Malcolm to th

AFC Dunstable 3 Rovers 3

Billed as a cracking local derby the game exceeded expectations with 93 mins of non stop end to end football from the Counties two finest Non league clubs, with AFC Dunstable sitting pretty in 4th place in the league, Rovers two places lower in 6th the stage was set for a great game. Rovers made several changes to Saturdays winning side as injury, illness and unavailability forced manager Jimmy Gray to shuffle the pack. New signings Tommy Smith and Michael Malcolm were given full debuts and Jack Keating was restored to the starting line-up. The game as expected was frantic, played at 100mph from the off. The Rovers settled straight away and forced AFC back into their own half for the opening

Rovers sign Tom Smith and Michael Malcolm

Barton Rovers would like to announce the new signings of Tom Smith and Michael Malcolm. Tom is a tall, comfortable centre half who has signed from Harpenden Town. Michael Malcolm is an experienced, clever forward who had previously played for James Gray & Mark Boyce at St Albans City. James Gray said “I’m delighted with the 2 new signings and they both will be great additions to our current squad. Although they are different types of players, at different stages in their career they both have the attitude and mentality we look for in a player. Tom will strengthen our defence and will learn off the senior players around him, while Michael will brighten up our attacking options with great move

Rovers 1 Arlesey 0

Barton Rovers made it back-to-back league wins with a slender 1-0 victory over local rivals Arlesey Town on Saturday. As narrow as the final scoreline was, the picture of the game was completely different as Rovers peppered Arlesey’s goal in the first half. Jimmy Gray’s side created no fewer than nine chances which all went begging as Charlie Smith, Connor Calcutt, Jimmy Hartley and Elliott Bailey failed to find the net due to a combination of dogged defending and wayward shooting. Arlesey’s spirits were lifted in the second half but they were still content to sit and defend with only the occasional dangerous break forward. Barton had a great effort to open the scoring after 65 minutes but E

Rovers 3 Beaconsfield 1

Barton Rovers got back to winning ways on Tuesday evening with a solid performance against lowly Beaconsfield. After a delay in kick-off due to travel woes, the visitors made the better start of the two sides with some neat passing football causing Barton trouble. Rovers did work their way into the game and Elliot Bailey opened the scoring for the hosts on 20 minutes with a neat finish when one-on-one with the keeper. Jimmy Hartley doubled Rovers lead on the half hour mark after some great build up play before Beaconsfield were giving a mysterious penalty, converted by Callum Bunting to halve the deficit before the break. The second half was much the same as the first with Beaconsfield conte

Kidlington FC 3 Rovers 1

Barton Rovers’ stuttering form of late continued on Saturday as they went down 3-1 away at Kidlington. After winning 4-1 at Aylesbury on October 11, this was the club’s third league defeat in four games, conceding 16 goals in that time. On a damp, drizzly day conditions were going to be tricky and that proved to be the case from the off as a fourth minute as Lewis Coyle’s free kick spun off the damp surface and nestled in the bottom corner, putting the hosts 1-0 up. Rovers picked up the pace and were by far the batter side though, with both Jimmy Hartley and Rod Orlando-Young going close. Orlando-Young did get Rovers back on level terms with 18 minutes gone when a fine mazy run found him one

Rovers 2 Histon 6

Ten-men Barton crumbled to a humiliating defeat against rock bottom side Histon on Saturday. The visitors, who were yet to win all season, scoring just eight goals in their 13 games, took an early lead at Sharpenhoe Road as lax defending allowed Ben Yeomans to side foot past Lewis Todd. Parity was restored minutes later though when Steve Gentle rose the highest to head home inside the box. Rovers then went ahead on 15 minutes as an Elliot Bailey header rebounded off the bar and from a frantic goalmouth scramble, the ball ended up in Histon’s net, with Alex O’Brien getting the last touch. In the second period, both sides came out with battling heads on but neither could break down the other’s

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