Happy St Georges day as Rovers beat City
Rovers faced their 2nd game in just over 48 hours on Monday day evening as a depleted squad faced high flying Cambridge City. With manager Tony Fontenelle forced to name himself as a sub and a bench spot for young keeper Ryan Ludlow-Hillard the shuffled squad looked to slay the Dragon on St Georges day. Cambridge took a hold of the early exchanges with Rovers being forced to defend and counter when they could but all credit to the young Rovers side they did this well and with some style. It was the hosts who had the 1st opportunity on goal and a golden one at that as Jack Vasey’s thunderous shot rattled off The Rovers bar but found its way to safety. Drew Phillips had a half chance mid way through the half for The Rovers but this was tame and wide. With both side cancelling each other out and some stern defending from Rovers the half finished at 0-0 with the Bedfordshire side still worthy of their point.
The 2nd half was as even as the 1st but Rovers had more vigour and determination about them and match their hosts blow for blow. Cambridge’s Ryan Towner had a great chance to open the scoring but his effort also rattled the woodwork and not to be out done Rovers Dan Jarvis returned the favour on 74 mins and gave Cambridge a fright as his effort crashed against the wood work. Cambridge who had already secured their play off place were now looking tired and jaded with Rovers getting slightly on top. Manager Tony Fontenelle had been forced to come on for injured Charlie Hayford who had had a great game and it was long that Rovers ‘veteran’ manager found himself through one on one with Josh Bexton in the Cambridge goal but ‘yella’ fluffed his lines and watched the ball harmlessly roll out for a goal kick. As the game neared its final minutes and things looked to be ending in a 0-0 draw Rovers threw the form book out the window, Rovers top scorer Andrew Phillips calmly latched on to a through ball, put it wide of the on rushing keeper and slotted home to give Barton a 1-0 lead which would be enough for all 3 points to go back to Bedfordshire. “On paper Cambridge should have won this contest easy but every one of the Barton side were up for the game and put in a great shift that im proud of”, commented Fontenelle after the game.