Rovers cave in 2nd half

Despite a bright start by Rovers when Victor Osobu’s right wing cross fell to striker Connor Vincent who failed to trouble home keeper James Martin with his effort at goal and a header from a corner by young centre-back Kai Phelan that went narrowly wide within the first ten minutes. Rovers were thankful keeper Niall Cooper was in inspired form as he made three fantastic saves midway through the opening half from Town’s Adam Confue and Adam Creaney to deny the home side an opening goal. Rovers created few direct goal-scoring opportunities but Nathan Tshikuna ought to have done better than fire wide after 34minutes and midfielder Dean Dummett spurned a golden chance right on the half-time wh

Harsh decision cost Rovers dear

This re-arranged midweek fixture, a local derby against newly-promoted near-neighbours Biggleswade FC, afforded Rovers an early opportunity to build on their victory over the league leaders the previous Saturday. The first half proved to be an exciting end to end affair with both sides creating scoring opportunities. An overhead kick from home side striker Scott Joseph after just 3 minutes went narrowly over the visitors’ bar. Rovers Nathan Tshikuna made himself space and got a run in on home keeper Tyler Josephs but his shot was weak and never troubled the score-sheet. Goldy Capela the Rovers striker was next to try his luck from a Garry Jones cross after 9 minutes but headed narrowly over.

Table toppers toppled

Table-topping Corby Town were the latest side to visit Sharpenhoe Road and looking to avenge a heavy defeat in the corresponding fixture last season. Rovers began brightly and an early corner saw some half chances go begging before the ball was cleared upfield. Rovers striker Goldy Capela was unlucky not to put his side in front after ten minutes when he just failed to get on the end of midfielder Charlie Smith’s cross. That was followed on 12 minutes by a Victor Osobu shot that Town keeper Alastair Worby gathered at the second attempt. Town striker Elliot Sandy threatened a score with 15 minutes gone but the Rovers defence crowded him out and the danger passed. Midway through the opening ha

Deano on the double as Rovers win with 3

Rovers winless 3-game was halted with a convincing home win against visitors Coleshill Town. Manager Tony Fontanelle shuffled the pack following some indifferent recent performances, notably pairing the returning Kai Phelan at centre-back with Lewis Thomas and starting another youth product Jay Palmer at right-back. Their was an immediate urgency about the Rovers play with left-winger Connor Furlong clean through on goal after 4 minutes his finish however didn’t match the lead-up work and was scuffed well wide of a post. A long-range Charlie Smith effort sailed way over the bar before a Furlong shot was blocked for a corner with just 15 minutes on the clock. Rovers keeper Niall Cooper kept t

A game of 2 halves part 2

Rovers winless run was extended to three matches following a comeback win in this one for the visitors. The first half was a very open affair with both sides intent on all-out attack though, in terms of possession and controlled football, Yaxley marginally outplayed Rovers. However, the half-time score did not reflect the visitors first-half performance, as Rovers proved more clinical in the finishing department. Striker Goldy Capela was in the early action for Rovers but, unlike his chance-taking in the previous match at Bedworth, Capela shot straight into the arms of visiting keeper Aaron Butcher when it looked easier to score in the first minute. Rovers centre-back Lewis Thomas came to hi

A pointless game of 2 halves

Rovers were the architects of their own downfall in this away league fixture when a shocker of a start saw them concede three goals with barely twenty minutes on the clock. The early minutes masked what was to come as Rovers attacked with a good link-up between Conor Furlong and Victor Osobu that resulted in a fruitless corner after 6 minutes. Rovers midfielder Dean Dummett was flagged offside just two minutes later when heading wide of goal from a good position. With 8 minutes gone, United’s Richard Blythe cute chip forced Rovers keeper Niall Cooper into a fine save as he pushed the effort over his bar for a corner. From the resultant corner however, the Rovers defence were posted missing a

New years day stalemate

For Rovers, Josh Mollinson returned in goal in place of the unavailable Niall Cooper with stalwart Paul Andrews retaining his centre-back spot in partnership with Lewis Thomas for this New Years Day local derby against near neighbours AFC Dunstable. With both teams sitting in mid-table a win would see either side opening a small points gap on the other so all to play for. The visitors were first to threaten when Joel Gyasi got in a dangerous looking cross but the home defenders were on their toes and cleared upfield. Rovers midfielder Charlie Smith popped up with a shot at goal after 9 minutes but Dan Green in the AFC goal held the effort with ease. AFC centre-back Ryan Frater ought to have

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