Sunday Summary, w/e 25 February 2018

It was a good weekend for The Rovers, with three wins and a draw, from five games.

The First XI pulled off a great victory, defeating Ascot United 2-1, despite playing with ten men for 50 minutes, as goals from Shayne Bradley and Ash Bird proved decisive. Read the full report here.

Having conceded two goals in under fifteen minutes, in the face of a very physical opposition, the Reserves recovered from a 3-1 half-time deficit and, having rolled their sleeves up, they battled back to earn themselves a 3-3 draw, courtesy of goals from Mark Ford (2) and top scorer Will Emery, who took his tally for the season to 11.

It was a contrasting picture as the Thirds recorded the only defeat of the day, as they scored twice early on against Uley, only to capitulate and succumb to a 5-3 defeat at Beaufort. Andy Meek had scored twice early on, before Kieran Dobbins scored his eighth goal of the campaign, but it wasn’t enough to avoid a second consecutive defeat.

The Fourths recorded their first win since 25 November – having suffered six consecutive defeats – ironically against the last side they beat! A hat-trick from man-of-the-match, Jordan Douglas, stole the show, as our Stroud League Division Four side eased their relegation fears, moving above their opponents and into tenth place in the thirteen team division.

Will Cronshaw’s Division Seven team put in a dominant display to see off the threat of Uley 3rds, as the Fifths took a step closer to silverware. Veteran Paul Bayliss opened the scoring and a brace apiece for 16 year olds Alfie Fortey and Josh Webb, along with strikes from Martin Kent and Jake Anderson were enough to help record a final score of 7-2. With six games left the Fifth team have daylight at the top of the league, but tough tests lie ahead if they are to secure a first league title.