Performance of the season earns 3 points
Rovers travelled to this New Years Day fixture looking to continue a recent undefeated run of four games. New signing Mason Spence made his debut in an otherwise unchanged line-up. The opening 15 minutes gave no hint of things to come as Berkhamsted totally dominated possession and were camped in Rovers half with only the heroics of skipper Paul Andrews and his fellow defenders keeping the score-sheet blank. Matthew Bateman was prominent up front for Berkhamsted and their top scorer showed a deal of quality in these early stages without really troubling Gary Malone in the Rovers goal.Having weathered this early storm, Rovers gained a foothold in the game and, with 16 minutes gone, a clever Victor Osubu cross found Jimmy Hartley 6 yards out and he blasted home to put Rovers ahead much against the run of play to that point. The goal however changed the face of this match completely and before half-time Drew Phillips, Osubu and Hartley had golden chances to increase the Rovers lead but failed to capitalise but with Rovers looking very sharp moving forward additional scores seemed likely. With 37 minutes gone Hartley turned provider for Osubu who thumped home with an emphatic volley to double the Rovers lead to emphasise Rovers superiority and double their lead at half-time.
All over the park the Rovers players were full of confidence and the second half produced more flowing football and how Rovers didn't add to the scoreline remains a mystery. Mason Spence brought the save of the match from Berkhamsted keeper James Weatherill after 52 minutes, Sam Gibson had two shots saved in a 2 minute spell after 59 minutes, both Phillips and Hartley hit the woodwork after 63 and 66 minutes respectively. Hartley should have headed Rovers further ahead after 73 minutes but Weatherill made another fine one-handed save and Charlie Clayton fired a shot just wide of a post on 77 minutes. The Rovers defence comfortably handled a mini revival by Berkhamsted in the last ten minutes and Rovers ran out very comfortable 2-0 winners to take three points back to Sharpenhoe Road.
On this form, Rovers proved they can be more than a match for sides above them in the table let's hope they continue this form into this Saturday's home fixture against Aylesbury United - 3PM KO at Sharpenhoe Road!!