There’s not a lot to say about as 10 man Rovers crashed to a horror defeat to an impressive Manor Farm. The away team made up with many from last year’s Champion winning side Bishop Sutton. Produced a ruthless display of possession football that Rover’s just could not live with;
Rovers had to make a late change with skipper Jake Wannell feeling unwell. Bradley Stamp started up front and Dan Western came in for the injured Josh Wadham.
The game started like many others with both sides prodding and probing. Farm nearly took the lead when they cut through and hit the post. Rovers responded with a Russell Jee curler which was tipped away by the visiting keeper. But the let off did not last long in the 17th minute Farm took the lead with another flowing move. Jee was then involved with a controversial moment in the game when he was a victim of another two footed horror tackles, the game was stopped but the referee took no action. Rovers fell further behind when a long punt down field was met by the impressive Shepherd who lobbed Gibbins in goal.
Into the second half and Rovers replaced Clampin and Bradley Stamp with Veal and Dean Stamp. For the first five minutes of the second half Rovers had the ascendency with Dean Stamp swivelling and shooting straight at the keeper. Then Farm took control of the game with a third. In the 77th minute Simon Hill was red carded for a soft foul but he was the last man. A penalty was awarded although the Farm management all agreed it was outside the box. The spot kick was duly converted to make it 4. Two late goals rubbed salt into the wounds as Rovers slumped to a 6 nil defeat at home.
Rovers: Gibbins: Steele ©, Hill, Clampin, Hambly: Western, Jee, Hopkinson, Alden: Rogers, B Stamp; Subs: D Stamp for B Stamp 46, Veal for Clampin 46, Raybold for Alden 89.