Boothby saves Eynesbury blushes in thriller
UCL Division One --- Eynesbury Rovers 4-3 Wootton Blue Cross --- SEVEN goals, three penalties, a sending-off and four Adam Boothby strikes made for another breathless game at a rain-swept Hall Road. Rovers went ahead 30 seconds into the game, but were p
UCL Division One ---
Eynesbury Rovers 4-3 Wootton Blue Cross ---
SEVEN goals, three penalties, a sending-off and four Adam Boothby strikes made for another breathless game at a rain-swept Hall Road.
Rovers went ahead 30 seconds into the game, but were pegged back three times by Wootton, who exploited Rovers' continuing defensive frailties.
Manager Matt Plumb said: "We still aren't right in defence, and we seem to switch off at times in games. At the moment I don't want half-time to come because we seem to take so long to get going in the second half.
"Wootton have had some good results against UCL Premier teams already this season, so we should be happy to get the win considering how we are playing."
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Plumb also announced the signing of striker Gavin Batt from Rushden and Higham, and Adam Podgorski from Eaton Socon.
"They will both be an asset to the team, and should give us a bit of new blood as we keep pushing on."
Boothby's first goal came from a Neil Morris pass from kick-off, as he outpaced his marker before sending a low drive past Nathan Kidd in the Wootton goal. The visitors got their equaliser when David Lenton forced the ball in at the back post from a corner, but Boothby struck again within minutes to restore Rovers' lead.
Wootton subjected Rovers to heavy pressure before half-time, but it took veteran striker Darek Jozwiak's scrambled goal seven minutes after the break to even the scores.
Boothby's hat-trick was completed on the hour when Jon Hoggett handled in the area and was dismissed for a second yellow card. Boothby stepped up to dispatch the penalty.
Still Rovers could not shake off the Wootton resistance, and Lee Booker's foul on an attacker in the box allowed Jozwiak to score from the spot for his second of the game.
Eynesbury's winner came three minutes from time when substitute Ian Dawkes was sent tumbling in the box, and Boothby scored his second penalty to win the points for Rovers.