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Report by Andy Hornsey

 
  Sunday 24th February 2008

 

Under 13s - Burton Junior Football League

Trent Trophies Division One.

Barton Rovers 0 Rocester Elkes Eagles 3

Rocester Elkes Eagles met fourth-placed Barton Rovers U13’s away in a BJFL Division 1 league clash over the weekend.

When Rocester played Barton at home earlier in the season the game was a physical encounter that ended in a very close 2-1 win for Rocester, so with Barton having home advantage this time we expected a difficult match.

Our team were well prepared for a game that could easily have seen Rocester lose their chance to contest the league title, and we started the game positively.

Despite having the odd slip up the majority of play was in the Barton half and Rocester were generally first to the ball and enjoyed more possession than Barton.

After 14 minutes play Reece Brown scored the first goal of the game to give Rocester the lead, but by this time Rocester could have had a much greater lead had they managed to convert some of their earlier chances.

Moments after the first goal, Rocester fullback Jon Lee sprained his ankle in a challenge and was unable to participate further in the game, however despite the loss of jon the team re-organised and at half time were still in front.

In the second half Rocester made a few changes to the starting line up but did not seem to be able to make any progress at scoring goals despite creating numerous chances.

With only 5 minutes remaining Olly George broke through the midfield to score Rocesters second goal, and that was followed just minutes later by a lobbed shot into goal from the right wing by Reece Brown to give Rocester their third and final goal of the game.

At full time we had managed to extend our unbeaten run to ten games with a commanding 3-0 win which kept us in contention for the U13 Division 1 league title.

Man of the Match: Olly George - who gave his usual commanding performance in midfield which, coupled with another clean sheet for the back four and goalkeeper, was as pleasing as the win.

Rocester face Repton Casuals away next weekend in the league cup quarter finals.