WILLAND Rovers player-manager Scott Rogers has paid credit to his side’s character after they came from behind to beat Cadbury Heath 2-1 on Saturday.

Rovers kept in touch with the title-chasing pack after a fine Steve Orchard strike and a last-minute header from Rogers.

Hosts Cadbury Heath had taken the lead from a second-half corner following an even if uneventful first period.

“We needed to win on Saturday as it was a big game for us,” said Rogers. “Cadbury Heath is one of those places where you want to go up there, get the three points and get out.

“We dominated them in the second half and they have managed to score from a corner.

“Steve Orchard was one of our best players on the day and scored a great goal to get us back in it, then Luke Alden got in a cross and I scored at the far post. It made for a good trip home.

“The lads’ character is different class. They are all good mates, they stick together and they are working their backsides off for each other.”

That win now means Willand are sixth, six points behind leaders Bristol Manor Farm with three games in hand. Rovers have five matches over fifth-placed Bitton, but as they do not play this weekend, they could fall further behind.

The Silver Street club’s next match is on Saturday, January 24 when Manor Farm visit Mid Devon. And Rogers, who scored in the 4-3 win over Buckland Athletic on Boxing Day, thinks they will be in the mix if the can continue to grind out wins such as Saturday’s.

“If we can win our games in hand then we will really be in it. We are quietly going about our business and hopefully we will come in under the radar in the next couple of months,” he said.