Rovers travelled to Dorset and lit up the sky with a silky performance of flowing football which earned them 3 valuable points. Dan Western was unable to travel as he recovers from the horror tackle which he subjected to on Saturday. Craig Veale cried off late after suffering from a sickness bug.
As Rovers took the A35 East the sky flashed with sheets of lightning, but as we arrived at the ground the only element that caused concern was the strong wind blowing straight down the ground.
Rovers started with the wind at their back but it was the home side who took the lead as early as the 3rd yards after being left unmarked in the area. This was the game when the home team came out flying and for the first 15 minutes bossed the game although not really trouble Rovers keeper Paul Gibbons. Slowly but surely Rovers got themselves into the game with Luke Alden being a constant treat on the left. Twice he cut inside and let fly either for his shot to go wide or saved.
The best chance fell to Josh Wadham with his header untroubling the home keeper after good approach play from Scott Rogers and Bradley Stamp. Rovers continued to press but could not get that opening to restore parity.
Into the second half and Bridport had a set piece which was headed off the line by Jake Wannell and the follow up clawed away by Gibbons. That was the defining moment in the game. Alden won a free kick on the edge of the area. Rogers kick was half cleared, Wadham effort fell to Bobby Hopkinson who swivelled a rifled in the equaliser. Now the game changed Alden was tormenting their full backs and anyone else who got close to him, his runs caused havoc each cross or pull back were often scrambled away. In the 64th minute one such pull back found Hopkinson whose first time left footed curler crashed into the back of the net. Rovers were now on top Dean Stamp came on for Bradley Stamp and nearly increased Rovers lead with his effort blocked by the defender on the line.
Rovers: Gibbons; Wannell ©, Hill, Clampin, Jee: Wadham, Rogers, Hopkinson, Alden, Steele: B Stamp; Subs: D Stamp for B Stamp (65) J Vickers, L Raybould not used.