Rovers collected three valuable points after showing nerves of Steele from 12 yards against last’s year’s champions. Sutton arrived with a much changed line from when we met a few weeks ago. Rovers changed Bradley Stamp and Scott Rogers in came Craig Veal and Dean Stamp.
On a heavy surface the game became turgid midfield battle with chances very limited. Willand’s midfield two Dave Steele and Bobby Hopkinson against their opposite three controlled the game for much of the first half. Simon Hill looked back to his best with another clinical display at centre back.
Chances were at a premium in the 12th minute a Steele cross found Dean Stamp who blazed over the bar from 10 yards. Four minutes later Josh Wadham set up Craig Veale who could not covert the cross. The half continued into a midfield battle with neither side taking full control.
Into the second half and it was Rovers onto the attack straight away, their first foray resulted in a corner. From the resulting set piece the ball fell to Hill who surprised the Silver Street faithful with some dazzling footwork creating half a to the surface, penalty.
After last week’s miss Dave Steele took it upon himself to take responsibility for the spot kick and with great aplomb sent the keeper the wrong way and Rovers ahead. Now with a lead to protect and with Sutton going to three up front Jake Wannell, James Clampin, Russell Jee alongside the resolute Hill held out without fuss enabling Paul Gibbins to have his quietest game in a Rovers shirt.
Rovers brought on fresh legs with Dan Western and Bradley Stamp coming on and the later was involved in a fiery little spell involving off the ball incidents on two occasions. But this little tiff galvanised the side to produce a stubborn display and three points.
Rovers: Gibbins: Wannell ©, Hill, Clampin, Jee: Wadham, Steele, Hopkinson, Alden; D Stamp, Veale: Subs Western for Wadham 50, B Stamp for Veale 63, Rogers for D Stamp 89, Vickers, Hambly not used.
Speaking to assistant Manager Russell Jee after the game he was very pleased with the weeks work after the disappointment of the Vase match, 6 points collected, two more home games coming up, a clean sheet and especially on Tuesday night some fine football played.