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Report by Andy Hornsey
Sunday 4th November 2007
Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League - Trent Trophies Division One.
Rocester Elkes Eagles 2 Barton Rovers 1
The match was always likely to be a tough fixture for Rocester as Barton generally finish among the top three in the league and currently sit in 3rd place having already played the other top teams.
Despite playing up-hill Rocester made the best start they could, playing some good football and creating plenty of chances for themselves which put Barton under pressure straight away.
After only eight minutes a cross into the penalty area was fired into the net by Reece Brown to give Rocester a deserved lead.
The team quickly grew in confidence and this led to a second goal midway through the first half when a rebound from goal was passed by Reece Brown to enable Joe Ring to shoot and score.
Barton came back well and after a continued spell of pressure Rocester conceded a sloppy goal when the ball was spilled by the keeper and a Barton striker got a free shot on goal before the Rocester defence reacted.
The second half was nothing short of dramatic with the game becoming more and more physical as the minutes passed by.
It soon became clear that Barton were going to struggle to score further goals as the Rocester defence dug deep while the midfield players continued to create chances for the Rocester forwards.
During the half there was a two footed challenge on the Rocester Keeper, an elbow in the face of one of the centre backs and a scuffle in midfield which, when added to the barracking from the Barton supporters, made the atmosphere electric.
To be fair to Barton they forced Rocester to defend for the most of the last 10 minutes, but their final push was not enough and Rocester managed to hold on to what could prove to be one of the more important wins of the season.
Rocester remain at the top of the division and can now look forward to a well deserved rest as they do not have a game next weekend.