A fine Rovers team performance last Saturday at Sharpenhoe Road led to three points and a first home league win of the season. Suspensions and injuries led to Manager Tony Fontanelle making a number of changes to the Rovers line-up notably pairing Dan Newton and Kyle Lincoln at centre back with Darryl Harrison and Ronayne Marsh-Brown making home debuts at left-back and centre midfield respectively. Rovers might have taken the lead after just 5 minutes when Dan Jarvis blasted over when he should have worked Simon Grant the Marlow keeper. Kyle Lincoln then had an effort just wide of target on 14 minutes and this was closely followed by a Ben Sawyer effort that fizzed narrowly past. Marlow's centre-forward Lee Barney should have opened the scoring after 26 minutes though when clean through on Matt Finlay the Rovers keeper but made a complete mess of his attempt on goal. Four minutes later Barney was prevented from opening the scoring by a last-ditch Rovers defensive challenge. Marlow paid dearly for these two misses when Man of the Match and Rovers Captain for the day Drew Phillips played Robbie Parsons in on goal and he volleyed homemade to open the scoring in the 33rd minute. Rovers were playing some great stuff when they got the ball on the deck with Marsh-Brown and Dan Jarvis prominent in all the good play. A Ben Sawyer lob that hd the marlow keeper scrambling back on his line and a Matt Finlay save from Barney closed out the half and and Rovers went in 1-0 up.
Playing down the slope second half Rovers took the game to Marlow and were well on top when Robbie Parsons was felled in the box,
up stepped Captain Fantastic Phillips to despatch the penalty and put Rovers two up after 52 minutes. Six minutes later that man Phillips played Sawyer into acres of space inside the Marlow area and a fine finish put Rovers 3-0 up after 55 minutes. Marlow did reply and Barney had a further two efforts on goal well saved by Matt Finlay. Rovers were not done in the attacking sense and the goal of the match came after 61 minutes when Dan Jarvis volleyed home a beauty from the edge of the box 4-0 and game over and the points sewn up. Not only a fine performance and a home win but, to a man, a superb team performance by Rovers with some fine possession football on display.
Next up for Rovers another local derby away at Bedford Town next Saturday.