Late opening day winner

The outcome of a match of few clear-cut scoring opportunities was determined when the home side edged the three points with a late, late goal. Prior to that, the sides played an evenly-matched first half with Rovers being first to threaten when full-back Jay Palmer sent in a high looping cross forcing Town keeper Paul Hathaway to finger-tip to safety. Town striker George Washbourne was prominent in the good moves Town compiled and might have scored after 24 minutes but fired wide from a good position. Just prior to half-time home striker Connor Vincent brought the save of the match from Hathaway with a long-range thunderbolt pushed away at the expense of a corner from which Rovers failed to capitalise. Town had their own glorious opportunity to open the scoring when Washbourne ran onto a fine through ball but, once again dragged his shot wide of target, and Rovers were let off the hook.

The homesters probably made the better start to the second half and midfielder Dean Dummett might have done better than find the keeper with his effort on 47 minutes. Rovers winger Victor Osobu failed to co-ordinate his feet when in on goal after 62 minutes and a chance went begging. Charlie Smith, the Rovers midfielder was next to try his luck from a free -kick his shot however was deflected for a corner. Midway through the half Rovers were bossing the game and centre-back Kai Phelan headed wide after 69 minutes closely followed by a Vincent shot that went wide. The breakthrough came in the 90th minute when Rovers substitute Christopher Regis caused mayhem on the Coleshill right with his direct running, fired in a low cross which initiated an almighty goal-mouth scramble and home midfielder Nathan Tshikuna popped up to toe poke home and secure three points for the home side. Town were unable to apply any real pressure in time added and Rovers held out for the victory.

Final Score: Barton Rovers 1 (Tshikuna 90) Coleshill Town 0

Rovers Team: Cooper, Palmer, Jones (Andrews 6), Smith, Phelan, Ward, Osobu , Dummett, Vincent, Hall ( Regis 78). Oyeniran (Tshikuna 33).

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