Rovers progress in senior cup

Rovers made the short trip to local rivals Leighton Town for this midweek Beds Senior Cup tie. The starting line-up showed a number of changes including starts for keeper Gary Malone, Adam Watkins in midfield, Jonny Butler at the back and Jay Caines on the right wing. The first half was dominated by Rovers and there were goalscoring chances aplenty after an early scare just three minutes in when Leighton struck a post with the ball rebounding to safety. Within the first quarter, Connor Vincent headed straight at Jones in the Leighton goal on 7 minutes, Caines shot wide when it looked easier to score, a Watkins pile-driver pulled a great save from Jones, Jimmy Hartley had a shot cleared off t

The late late show sinks the Rovers

Coming off a convincing away win in midweek Rovers, with this home league match against local rivals AFC Dunstable, were looking at a top 5 spot in the league with a win. However, this local derby match never really lived up to pre-match the expectations of crunching tackles, goalmouth scrambles and red and yellow cards by the bucketload. Instead both sides provided the spectators with stiff necks as a constant flow of high balls, missing both midfields out completely, was the order of the day. The first half was instantly forgettable for the lack of any goalmouth action as both defences dominated their opposing attackers although the lack of any quality possession and passing interchanges o

'Crushed Nuts'

Barton Rovers made the short journey up the A6 to face local rivals Kempston Rovers in this midweek league fixture. Barton were forced, through several injuries, to reshuffle the pack and in came Jack Keating, Jonny Butler and James Verney to the starting line-up. Barton started the match well and were good in possession, combative in midfield and solid at the back all through the first half. There could be no doubt that Barton were the dominant force from the off and James Verney, Drew Phillips and Jimmy Hartley were looking lively up front supplied with some good service from both Sam Gibson and Steph Bailey in midfield. Martin Conway in the Kempston goal dealt comfortably with everything

Beaten by table toppers

Rovers ran up against top of the table and in-form Bromsgrove Sporting in this league fixture at Sharpenhoe Road last Saturday. Bromsgrove were on the front foot immediately and were looking strong in all areas of the pitch particularly their two widemen John Pykett and Will Shorrock who gave the Rovers full backs an afternoon they'll quickly want to forget. Rovers were forced, throughout the first half to live on scraps of possession, although Drew Phillips did head narrowly past from a fine left-wing cross by Luke Warner-Eley after just 10 minutes. Bromsgrove were seeing a lot of the ball and it came as no surprise when, after 26 minutes, danger man Pykett put them in front when he found s

Battling point in entertaining game

With Peterborough Sports sitting joint second in the table currently this looked like a mighty challenge for the Rovers in this midweek league match. However, as is often the way in football, this Rovers side proved to be more than a match for their high-flying opponents. From the off both Rovers wide men Victor Osubu and Jimmy Hartley were prominent and giving the Rovers midfielders a constant target for their forward passes. Steph Bailey and Sam Robson were being particularly effective in breaking up play and, more importantly, retaining possession by finding their colleagues. Rovers bossed most of the first half but, despite their advantage in possession terms, the chances created were ne

Shuffled pack go down in League cup

Rovers lack of success in cup competitions continued on Tuesday at Welwyn Garden City FC. This first round Southern League Challenge Cup tie was dominated by the home side throughout with only a tremendous performance from Dan Gould the Rovers keeper between Rovers and a drubbing. Ironically, the match opened in a positive vein for Rovers when, despite being under the cosh from the start by a Welwyn side completely dominant in midfield, a break down the right by Dan Jarvis followed by a pin-point cross onto the head of the unmarked Jimmy Hartley put Rovers ahead as early as the 8th minute. The Rovers lead didn't last long though as Welwyn's dominance produced an equaliser when Nick Elliot fi

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