Rovers crashed out of the FA Vase after another disappointing performance away to Saltash. New signings Josh Waddham and Craig Veale both get introduction to the Rovers set up. Ex pro Bradley Stamp starts his first game for Rovers.
Rovers travelled across the Tamar without James Clampin and Bobby Hopkinson who were both suspended for this game as both had collected 5 bookings so far this term. Ironically if the Hallen game had not been suspended for the Devon FA game both would had been available today.
As in past weeks Rovers started well with another man of the match performance from flying winger Luke Alden he influenced the game at both ends and as early as the 2nd minute his floated cross was headed over by Dean Stamp.
But it was not all one way traffic Saltash having weathered the early storm had their best spell of the game and for the next 20 minutes bossed the game. Dave Steele playing at centre back made a great block to stop a goal bound shot. Ashes hit woodwork from a free kick on 15 minutes and some 10 minutes later Alden headed off his line to keep parity. That header spurred Rovers on and were soon ahead a fine Scott Rogers pass fund Bradley Stamp his lay off found Alden whose driven shot was partially saved leaving Bradley Stamp to ram the rebound home for his first in Rovers colours.
On 40 minutes Dave Gibbons made a flying save to keep Rovers ahead but was finally undone when he could only push a wind assisted onto the bar leaving the onrushing forward a simple tap in. He looked off side when the initial shot came in but nothing was given.
Into the second half which started with Rovers on fire and Dan Western was subjected to the crudest of tackles, high, dangerous, studs showing resulting in a lengthy treatment and a yellow card for the opponent. It did not stop Rovers a beautiful ball set up Bradley Stamp and he fired wide. On the hour Craig Veale was introduced for Dean Stamp and his first involvement was to place the ball on the penalty spot after Rogers had been hauled down in the area. After an age of gamesmanship he stroked his penalty towards the bottom corner but the keeper had guested right and saved it. Josh Waddham was introduced for Bradley Stamp a minute later and Rovers kept pressing with to flying wingers tormenting their fullbacks meant the supply line was relentless but unfortunately no one could get on the end of these crosses.
The game turned in the 75 minute when Ashes finally got into the Rovers half a run down the our right got the player to the by-line his cross was met at the near post but the effort was wide. The referee pointed to the spot for an infringement on the crossing player who certainly wasn’t touched before he crossed the ball. Penalty given this time Gibbons could not repeat last week’s heroics and Ashes were ahead.
Rovers kept pushing Alden tested the keeper, Waddham had a shot blocked but in the end Rovers could not find the equaliser to bring Saltash back to Silver Street.
Rovers: Gibbons: Wannell©, Hill, Steele, Hambly: Western, Rogers, Jee, Alden: D Stamp, B Stamp: Subs: Veale for D Stamp (60), Waddham for B Stamp (67) Vickers not used.