Thursday, October 3, 2013
Eynesbury Rovers’ unbeaten run in the league has come to end – to the last team that beat them on January 5.
Rovers, having won all seven league fixtures so far in this year’s United Counties League Division One, started Saturday’s match at Bugbrooke St Michaels the brighter, but two second-half goals from Brad Janes in the space of four minutes were enough to cancel out Darren Woodend’s first-half strike.
Ben Colmer’s blushes were spared when his strike bounced off the post in the 10th minute after Lee Bassett’s shot was parried, as the assistant referee signalled that Colmer had strayed into an offside position.
Jack Weeden kept the momentum going in Rovers’ favour, collecting the ball in the penalty area from Bassett’s through ball but, on a bobbly surface, fired over the bar.
Bugbrooke should have taken the lead in the 24th minute when Woodend’s header fell to Janes, who blasted over the bar from close range.
The chance spurred Rovers on with Tom Coles dispossessing a defender before setting up Bassett, whose shot was saved by Bugbrooke’s Henry Spears. Weeden also tested Spears soon after but his shot sailed over the bar.
Rovers took the lead in the third minute of stoppage time when Woodend turned in Colmer’s corner to score his first goal of the season.
After the break, Rovers kept up the pressure with Bassett denied by Spears, but in the 52nd minute the game turned on its head with Janes meeting Gavin Nullatamby’s cross to beat Andrew Wale.
Three minutes later Janes’s scuffed shot found its way into the net to put Bugbrooke 2-1 ahead
Determined to keep Bugbrooke in front, man-of-the-match Spears tipped Ben Coles’s effort over the bar, before denying Bassett and Weeden twice as the visitors pressed for an equaliser.
Rovers joint manager Martin Field said: “It was very frustrating but no less than we deserved against a poor Bugbrooke. It has been a long time coming. We’ve won seven of our first seven games but we haven’t played well and I’m not happy.
“You can’t have players who turn up and think they’re going to win just because of the record. Perhaps I’ve been a bit lacksadaisical myself. This could be the kick up the backside we need.
“We will address a few problems and if there are players who are not happy with that then I’ll look to move them on.”
Field hopes to be back to winning ways against Yaxley in the Hunts Senior Cup on Saturday.