Rovers travelled to the Somerset mining town of Radstock in buoyant mood after their victory against Cadbury Heath. Owen Howe and Darren Gibbons came into the starting XI and new signing Bradley Stamp occupied one of the subs berths.
Rovers started the game as a side full of confidence, as early as the 1st minute James Clampin bullet like header rattled the cross bar. From the resulting corner the ball was half cleared and Clampin hit a sweet right volley which smashed into the post. Rovers made it a hat trick of hitting the woodwork when Luke Alden shot hit the post after being set up by Howe. On 19 minutes Howe was denied by some brave keeping as the Town stopper dived at his feet.
But the game changed having weathered the storm Town took the lead from a free kick which was half saved leaving a simple tap in. 1 became 2 two minute later the referee played on when Dan Western had clearly been fouled from the breakaway Gibbons produced a stunning one handed save but from the resulting corner no one picked up the man at the far post who headed home unchallenged.
Left with a mountain to climb Rovers tried to get that vital break before half time. To show that most Rovers players could hit the frame of the goal a sublime Western free kick hit upright and bar rolled along the line and cleared to safety. Radstock broke and got a soft penalty for hand ball was this to be the final nail in Rovers coffin, Gibbons thought otherwise and produced a great save from 12 yards, was that to be the turning point as the sides walked the long march to the changing rooms.
The second half took a while to get going Rovers prodded and probed but could not find a way through. To get back into the match ex MK Dons striker Bradley Stamp was introduced on the hour as Rovers went three at the back and three up front. Western again had a free kick clawed away by the Town keeper. In the 71st Bradley Stamp effort was blocked on the line. As Rovers flooded forward Town broke and secured another penalty from a foul this time the taker made no mistake although Gibbons was close to pulling of a penalty double save.
But Rovers did not give up Bradley Stamp flicked header from a corner – you guessed it – hit the post and rolled clear. Just as you thought it was not going to be Rovers day Dean Stamp produced a right footed curler which evaded everyone and went in off the post.
Rovers; Gibbons: Wannell ©, Hill, Clampin, Jee: Western D, Steele, Hopkinson, Alden: Stamp D, Howe: Subs; B Stamp for Jee (60) Rogers for Steele (70) R Western not used.