Batt smashes hat-trick in Eynesbury victory
UCL Division One Eynesbury Rovers 5 Sileby Rangers 3 ROVERS smashed five goals unanswered in an hour, including a Gavin Batt hat-trick, before leaking three late goals that took the shine off victory. Batt s strikes were complemented by Adam Boothby and C
UCL Division One
Eynesbury Rovers 5 Sileby Rangers 3
ROVERS smashed five goals unanswered in an hour, including a Gavin Batt hat-trick, before leaking three late goals that took the shine off victory.
Batt's strikes were complemented by Adam Boothby and Craig Smith in a game that saw three penalties awarded.
The points keep Rovers in the mix at the top of UCL Division One and boss Matt Plumb said the team display showed a Rovers team coming back to form.
"For 60 minutes we played some of the best football we've played this season - we could have led by seven or eight.
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"Then we produced some real rubbish for the final 25 minutes and conceded three goals in the process," he said.
Boothby opened up the Sileby defence on fifteen minutes before Batt hit his first on the half-hour. Rovers had to defend stoutly as Sileby threatened, but Smith seemingly made the game safe when he netted the rebound from Batt's shot on 37 minutes.
Sileby keeper Julian Stratulet limited the damage for his team, producing two outstanding saves before half-time and a penalty save from Boothby two minutes after the break following a handball.
Batt steered home from Ricky Taylor's cross five minutes later, and then took over penalty duties from Boothby to complete his first club hat-trick and make it 5-0 on 58 minutes.
Sileby kept fighting despite Rovers' dominance, and got their reward through a 25-yard free kick. Buoyed by the goal, they snatched another on a breakaway and got their third from the penalty spot in the last minute.
nRovers visit Whitworth on Saturday. Kick off 3pm.