Rovers left it late to defeat bottom side Melksham. The visitors only had a point before this encounter and came to try and get another at Silver Street. They defended deeply, had a keeper in good form and played many behind the ball. But for the fourth time this season Rovers scored in the 90th minute this time though it meant that 3 precious Western league points were secured rather than just a consolation.
Willand made one change to their starting XI with Russell Jee returning from suspension and replacing Dave Hambly at left back.
For 45 minutes Dan Western and Dean Stamp tore Melsham apart as early as the 3rd minute Stamp shot wide from a Western lay off. Three minutes later Stamp tested the Melksham keeper with a well worked free kick, this was to be the pattern of the day. Shots raining in from good flowing football only to be thwarted by the shot stopper in the visitor goal.
Both Rovers central defenders were denied with efforts either by good fortune or a defender on the line. As Rovers pressed Melksham held on until half time.
In the second half Melksham were better but anything they tried Simon Hill and James Clampin cancelled out with an imperious display of central defending. But it was not all Melksham , Jee tried his luck with a free kick which was narrowly wide. In the 65th minute Scott Rogers was put through 1 on 1 but he could not get his shot past the on rushing keeper. In the 70th minute the keeper made a double save from James Ansell to deny Rovers the lead.
Rovers though were not to be denied as the crowd roared Willand on for one last effort a sublime left wing cross was converted by Clampin for his first goal for Rovers and three valuable points.
Rovers: Alexander; Wannell ©, Hill, Clampin, Jee: Steele, Rogers. Hopkinson, Ansell: Western, Stamp. Subs Baily, Alden, Badavi, Hambly
Manager Rogers was a mighty happy man with 3 points collected and a boost before next week’s Vase game against Sherborne.