Seconds Out! Flavell at double for Rovers

United Counties League Division One EYNESBURY ROVERS 3 WOOTTON BLUE CROSS 1 Eynesbury Rovers cruised into second place in Division One on goal difference behind leaders Peterborough NS after this comfortable 3-1 victory. Al Lenihan Rovers manager was wi

United Counties League Division One

EYNESBURY ROVERS 3 WOOTTON BLUE CROSS 1

Eynesbury Rovers cruised into second place in Division One on goal difference behind leaders Peterborough NS after this comfortable 3-1 victory.

Al Lenihan Rovers manager was without leading marksman Jamie Graham but was more than satisfied when the versatile Ashley Favell stood into his shoes and scored twice.


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Rovers took just 31 seconds to grab the lead as a free kick from deep on the left by Ian Fovargue was headed home by Favell. After a flying start Eynesbury suffered the blow of losing Robbie Osker inside three minutes and he was replaced by Chris Brown. The enforced change left the home side a little disorganised and Blue Cross netted an equaliser eight minutes later. Rovers 'keeper Dave Beeny shouldered the blame as he dropped a cross and Sam Donadio netted the loose ball.

Rovers came back into the match and had the better of the chances as Fovargue saw his shot saved and the ever dangerous Favell rolled his shot wide. A minute into stoppage time Dwayne Rankin avoided a rash challenge inside the penalty area before sending his shot over the top, but the referee brought the play back and awarded Eynesbury a spot kick. Rankin scoring the penalty, his first goal of the season, to put the hosts back in front.

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Wootton's best spell came early in the second half as Grant Williams shot over from inside the penalty area whilst a near post Donadio header flashed wide of the post. Fovargue thought he had scored when he headed home from a free kick but the official's spotted an infringement and disallowed the goal. Twice Fovargue came close with long range free kicks and Favell shot wide when he latched onto a Rankin through ball. Eynesbury deservedly made the game safe in the 83rd minute when Rankin fed Favell who fired home from 16 yards.

Afterwards Lenihan was pleased with the points: "We worked hard and deserved the win but I feel we could have been more ruthless, we continue to play some great stuff and it's worth watching"

n Rovers visit Bugbrooke on Saturday 3.00pm kick off.

CAPTION: FANCY FOOTWORK: Eynesbury Rovers break out of defence against Wootton Blue Cross.

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