Heavy defeat but a gallant effort
Rovers made the trip up the A1 to take on Peterborough Sports who are vying with Bromsgrove Rovers to secure that all important automatic promotion spot so a tough ask in terms of gaining three points. Rovers were bright in the early stages and Drew Phillips might have done better than fire wide when faced with just the keeper to beat after 6 minutes. Rovers keeper Gary Malone was next in action saving a close range effort from Sports winger and danger man Dion Sembie Ferris whom Rovers failed to contain all match. Sports then had another effort from Lewis Hilliard which went wide before Rovers full back Matt Hall had a shot which was blocked by a sports defender. The home side had a grip on this game and their dominance paid off when Sembie Ferris was allowed to cut in from the Rovers left side and he grasped the opening to put Sports in front with just 21 minutes on the clock. Sports central defender Stuart Wall pulled a save from Malone with a header from a corner before Drew Phillips again made an opening from a free kick but his header cleared the bar. Rovers were under the cosh but looking as though half-time would rescue them at just one down when disaster struck as Sports central defender Stuart Wall was afforded all the room in the world to volley in a second Sports goal from a corner just before the interval.
Rovers had given themselves a mountain to climb but credit to the side that they came out fighting and shaded the second half in terms of both possession and chances. Jimmy Hartley went clean through on the Sports keeper after 53 minutes who tipped his shot one-handed over the for a corner which came to nothing. It was Hartley again clean through but firing straight at the keeper after 63 minutes followed by a Phillips effort when he chose to shoot when a cross was the better option on 74 minutes. Rovers were to pay dearly for those missed opportunities when Sports Joshua McCammon was put clean through and planted the pass firmly behind Malone to increase the Sports lead after 81 minutes. To rub salt in the Rovers wounds substitute centre-back Paul Malone scored a fourth for Sports in added time. No doubting the stronger side deservedly won this match but Rovers, if converting those second half chances, could have made this a tighter affair.
Next up for Rovers is a midweek visit to Bedford Town, being used as a neutral venue for the Beds Senior Cup Final, against Biggleswade Town.
Final Score: Peterborough Sports 4 (Sembie Ferris 21, Wall 40, McCammon 81, Malone 45+4)