Poor showing ends 2017/18 season

Rovers last game of an up and down 2017/18 season ended with a heavy loss at the hands of promotion chasing Hayes & Yeading on Saturday. A depleted squad due to injuries and an end of season fixture pile up forced manager Tony Fontenelle to juggle the pack one last time and name himself as a substitute. With the hosts sitting in 4th place in the league for a reason showed from the off with some sublime passing moves on the pristine carpet at the Skyex stadium. It wasn’t long before Matt Finlay in the Rovers goal had to be on his toes to snuff out a Duncan Culley advance. Rovers were making hard work of things with moves littered with sloppy tired passes that gave the initiative away cheaply

Happy St Georges day as Rovers beat City

Rovers faced their 2nd game in just over 48 hours on Monday day evening as a depleted squad faced high flying Cambridge City. With manager Tony Fontenelle forced to name himself as a sub and a bench spot for young keeper Ryan Ludlow-Hillard the shuffled squad looked to slay the Dragon on St Georges day. Cambridge took a hold of the early exchanges with Rovers being forced to defend and counter when they could but all credit to the young Rovers side they did this well and with some style. It was the hosts who had the 1st opportunity on goal and a golden one at that as Jack Vasey’s thunderous shot rattled off The Rovers bar but found its way to safety. Drew Phillips had a half chance mid way t

Rovers slay the Moles

Rovers ran out convincing winners in this the final Saturday home match at Sharpenhoe Road this season. The match had an eventful start when, after just 6minutes Michael Gyasi, so dangerous in recent games, fired way over the bar from a Harry Bean through ball. Then James Verney was forced off after an appearance lasting just 12 minutes with Charlie Payne his replacement. Gyasi threatened again but he'd obviously left his shooting boots behind as this one also missed the target by a margin. However, the opening goal was only delayed until the 29th minute when Drew Phillips and Ashley Jenkins the Aylesbury keeper collided inside the box, Phillips kept his feet and stole the ball and went on t

OD's take the points with single strike

The youthful Rovers side fielded for this midweek, end of season, 'catch-up' match against AFC Dunstable was notable as it contained no less than four Daniels namely messrs Gould, Talbot, Newton and Jarvis. The match carried significance for AFC in terms of a further three points cementing them a guaranteed play-off spot in what, for them, has been a season of relative success whilst Rovers were simply playing for pride and a bit of local oneupmanship. AFC completely dominated in both halfs of this match but singularly failed to convert many of the goal-scoring opportunities their slick passing and possession play deserved. First half chances were passed up by Nathan Frater, a Newman Carney

Battling point ensures survival

A midweek local derby scheduled as part of the catch-up process following various postponements and cancellations threw both the local Rovers sides together under the lights at Sharpenhoe Road. Following a disappointing team performance just three days ago at Thame Barton and their support were anticipating and hoping for a much improved effort against a Kempston side placed comfortably in mid-table but not threatening a play-off spot. Initially, it was Kempston, playing with the Barton 'slope' first half, who got off on the front foot with early efforts from their front two Jake Newman and Munashe Sundire but these failed to trouble Matt Finlay the Barton keeper. Barton striker Drew Phillip

Game of 2 halves as Rovers roll over

A very promising opening 20 minutes for Rovers included taking the lead lead following a James Verney shot being saved, the follow-up scissor-kick by Charlie Hayford crashing off the crossbar only for Drew Phillips to smash the rebound into goal after just 7 minutes failed to inspire this Rovers side into a sustained effort over the 90 minutes. It seemed to those watching as though everything that was good in Rovers play during the opening twenty minutes simply evaporated as the game progressed from that point. Thame really took the game to Rovers after going behind and several good goal-scoring opportunities went begging with Tack, Goss and West the culprits but West finally found the targe

Single goal sinks Fleet

Barton Rovers FC 1 (Michael Gyasi 51) Fleet Town FC 0 – Evostik East Division 07/04/18 The incessant rain we’ve been having recently finally relented and the spring-like conditions provided both sides a decent surface for football……..game on at Sharpenhoe Road!! With both sides very adjacent to each other at the wrong end of the table, anticipation that this would be a tight game proved correct as the match unfolded. Rovers definitely shaded the majority of the possession in what proved to be a first half stalemate. There were half-chances for Hugh Alban-Jones who skied one over the bar, Paul Andrews from a corner also clearing the bar, a James Verney run and shot from the right which went w

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