Rover battle hard but no points

Promotion favourites Corby Town were the visitors to Sharpenhoe Road facing Rovers who’ve made a strong start to the season. The opening half was a cagey affair with little in the way of early scoring opportunities for either side. However, on 17 minutes home midfielder Dean Dummett had a glorious opportunity to put his side in front but failed to make his header powerful enough and Town keeper Craig Hill pulled off a super one-handed save at the expense of a Rovers corner which came to nothing. Nathan Tshikuna and Bradley Bell for Rovers had half chances to score but were wayward with their final efforts. With 27 minutes gone, Rovers took the lead following a trip on winger Victor Osubu and

Woodwork cost Rovers

Rovers, on a good run of form, made the long trip to the South coast to face Brighton-based Whitehawk FC in the FA Trophy. A crowd of 400 were treated to an end-to-end cup tie that could and should have yielded many more goals than were reflected in the final score. Rovers were very unfortunate to go in at half-time two goals down especially when you consider that centre-back Lewis Thomas rattled a header off the underside of the bar before team-mate Niall Cooper made a fine save from the home side’s Ronald Sobowale. Whitehawk’s Lucas Rodrigues was next to threaten a goal when his header smacked off the bar. But it was Whitehawk who opened the scoring after 12 minutes when captain Henry Mugg

A game of two wins

A team performance to savour, an eight-goal thriller, goal of the season contenders, plenty of controversy and Rovers occupying the lofty heights of second in the league Rovers fan could ask for more. Within 15 minutes of kick-off a whirlwind start by Rovers saw them two goals up, the first coming in the 3rd minute from a Nathan Tshikuna direct run at the Town defence who made the fatal mistake of backing off the Rovers midfielder who had been fed by a Charlie Smith pass, and were duly punished when his low right-foot shot beat keeper Lustin Cerga all ends up. The second came via a rocket shot by Rovers striker Connor Vincent from a slide rule Bradley Bell pass and, whilst the

Battle of The Rovers goes to Barton

The ‘other’ Rovers were the visitors to Sharpenhoe Road for this latest match in the sides’ League programs. Barton fielded an unchanged starting line-up following last Saturday’s game at Bedford Town. The home side kicked off facing up the ‘slope’ and were quickly into their side looking strong in defence, creative in midfield with the only first half criticism being a lack of quality finishing. Time after time during the half openings were made and squandered against a Kempston side that were stout in defence but offering very little as an attacking entity. As early as the 3rd minute winger Victor Osobu pulled a save from Kempston keeper Peter Denton at the expense of a corner which came t

Two points dropped, not a point gained

Despite the rain deluge we’ve had, this league derby went ahead on a surface that was well-drained and perfect for football. The home side looked the more threatening in the early stages but, despite the lion’s share of possession, failed to bring Rovers keeper Niall Cooper into action. Rovers midfielder created space for debutant winger Brad Bell after 7 minutes but the Town defence closed ranks and a corner was conceded that came to nought for Rovers. Town midfielder Drew Richardson then found space for a shot but this was blocked to safety at the expense of a corner. 11 minutes gone and Rovers striker Connor Vincent conjured a piledriver from outside the box and was unlucky to see the eff

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