Four up for The Rovers

Bedworth were the visitors to Sharpenhoe for this the opening home fixture of the 2019-20 season. Rovers were forced into three changes from the side that took a battling point at Coleshill on Saturday with Jay Palmer, Callum Wilson and Dean Dummett making their debuts. The opening half was dominated by the away side, playing with the infamous Barton slope at their backs, and their centre forward Mitchell Piggon was prominent and should have put Bedworth ahead with a header that went wide after 9 minutes. Piggon made swift amends though when he headed the opening goal just six minutes later. Rovers were struggling to find a foothold in this match but, on the half hour, Victor Osubu lit up Sharpenhoe Road with a right wing run and cross which Tony Williams Jr met with an emphatic finish to level the scores. The equaliser failed though to fire Rovers into any sustained period of pressure and, after 40 minutes and a needless foul conceded on the edge of the box, Bedworth’s right winger Luke Rowe fired in the free-kick leaving Rovers keeper Dan Gould rooted to the spot.

Rovers got into their stride straight after the restart and Callum Wilson had a low shot well saved before Connor Vincent got on the end of another Osubu cross to level the match after 56 minutes. Rovers kept up the pressure with Sam Gibson and Dean Dummett supplying the ammunition from midfield and Osubu a constant threat. Another direct run and cross from Osubu led to Rovers taking the lead after 59 minutes, when Dummett made a great run from midfield to steer a powerful header past Bedworth keeper Adam Harrison. Rovers were threatening with every attack and the constant pressure paid off once more when Williams Jr was upended in the Bedworth box by Harrison, penalty awarded, and Connor Vincent calmly sent Harrison the wrong way from the spot to give Rovers a 2-goal cushion after 66 minutes. Bedworth did rally during the remainder of the game but with John Sonuga and Jemale Mckenzie-Lowe remaining resolute in central defence Rovers keeper Gould was rarely troubled and Rovers ran out comfortable winners and a first 3-point home haul of the season.

Games are coming thick and fast with a visit to Cambridge City on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup closely followed by a local derby at AFC Dunstable on Bank Holiday Monday.

Final Score: Barton Rovers 4 (Williams Jr 29, Vincent 56 & 66Pen, Dummett 59) Bedworth United 2 (Piggon 20, Rowe 40)

Barton Rovers: Gould, Palmer, Wilson, Gibson (Thomas 88)), Sonuga, Mckenzie-Lowe, Osubu, Dummett, Vincent (Beckley 83), Williams Jr (Lukulay 76), Tshikuna.

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