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WillandRovers 1-2 LongwellGreen (28/03/15)

Scott Rogers says a mad couple of minutes cost Willand Rovers in their 2-1 defeat to Longwell Green Sports on Saturday.

Willand went into the break 1-0 ahead thanks to Luke Durham’s strike but they then let in two quick goals at the start of the second half.
This left them chasing the game and, even when Longwell went down to 10 men, they were unable to take anything from the match, leaving Rogers frustrated.

He said: “It was a quick couple of minutes after half-time where they got two goals and it swung the complexion of the game right around, as, up until then, we were pretty much in control.

“We missed a penalty through Dean Stamp in the first half and we should have really gone in two or three goals up at half-time but instead we were only 1-0 up and conceded two really bad goals in the space of a minute. That’s ultimately cost us.

“We had lots of pressure and were on top but we didn’t really create any clear-cut chances. We were pushing and pushing, it just wasn’t going to be our day after conceding two bad goals. That really knocked the stuffing out of us.

“We’re not taking our chances at the moment, as we should have been two or three up at half-time but we weren’t. That allowed them to get back into the game and it was a bitter pill to swallow as all of the teams above us either lost or drew, so a win would have made it a good day. That’s how football is.

“We’re playing a lot of games at the moment but we knew that was going to be the case, so there’s no point complaining, we just need to get on with it. It’s just a shame that, for the past two Saturdays, we should have got some points on the board but we’ve come away with nothing.”

Rovers now travel to Buckland Athletic on Thursday night and Rogers is keen for his side to get back to winning ways against a side just five points above them in the table.

The Silver Street player-manager said: “We’ve got a big game on Thursday and it’s a bit of a break between games, probably the longest we’ll have for the rest of the season, so we can hopefully put in a good performance down there.

“The team want to bounce back, as we want to have a good Easter and hopefully pick up some points. We’ve still got loads to play for with two semi-finals and plenty of points we can pick up, so there’s a long way to go in the season yet.

It’s been hard because of the amount of games we’ve had, but if we’d have got some points from the last two home games, we’d have been right in it.

“We’re not a million miles away but we can’t make mistakes like we did on Saturday and gift teams ways back into games.”