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 to smash a shot against the foot of the post - the rebound was pounced on by an alert Charlie Hayford and he volleyed Rovers into the lead. Rovers went on to step up the pressure on Aylesbury in the second half and made their superiority tell after 56 minutes when a Charlie Hayford pile-driver was miraculously saved by Jenkins but goal-sniffer Phillips was on hand to poke the loose ball home and give Rovers a cushion. The hard-working Omar Naseri was next in on the act when he curled a fine left-foot shot beyond Jenkins in the 81st minute to give Rovers a three-goal lead and surely the three points. The action wasn't over however and, in the last minute of the match, Rovers skipper Paul Andrews spoiled what should have been a clean sheet for Rovers when he flattened Kai Stubbs in the box - penalty-kick and up stepped Ty Deacon to make the final score 3-1 Rovers.
Into the final week of the 2017-18 season with Rovers away at Cambridge City on Monday, home to Moneyfields Thursday and closing out their season away at Hayes & Yeading United.