Dream start for title holders in UCL Premier Division
The Rokermen have made the perfect start to the season with two wins out of two. Their 1-0 victory at the brand new St Neots stadium on Tuesday night caused a bit of an upset. Both sides had early chances well parried, Brad Gillham pushing wide Luigi Rocc
The Rokermen have made the perfect start to the season with two wins out of two.
Their 1-0 victory at the brand new St Neots stadium on Tuesday night caused a bit of an upset.
Both sides had early chances well parried, Brad Gillham pushing wide Luigi Rocco's shot from distance and Jon Chatfield for the Saints preventing Ryan Aldrin's strike from the left from hitting the target.
Apart from a deflected dipping shot from Callum Donnelly and another great strike from Aldrin, the home team had the better opportunities in front of goal but poor finishing meant the teams went in level.
Saints sub James Hall's shot through the box came rebounding back off the bottom of the upright eight minutes into the second half.
But the home team's downfall came when Steve Dogbe's clumsy challenge on Callum Donnelly on the edge of the box was punished by captain Paul Donnelly's sweetly-struck free-kick on 70 minutes.
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Rokermen: Gillham, Rennie, P Donnelly, Shambrook, Hull, Lochhead (Mitchell), Morris, Beckwith, Potasnick (Dougherty, Bryant), C Donnelly, Aldrin.
Stotfold's title defence started with a 3-1 win over Desborough Town on Saturday.
It was the visitors who took the lead on six minutes when Matthew O'Neil's cross-shot from wide on the right caught everyone out as it flew in off the far upright.
The opening goal was followed by a couple of nervous moments at the back for Stotfold and a good shot from Callum Donnelly straight into the chest of the visiting keeper.
The equaliser came from Ryan Aldrin on 13 minutes when he was given a little too much space just outside the box and fired a great shot that just dipped in under the bar.
The rest of the half was fairly even with Desborough coming closest when Edward Mills' shot from distance rebounded off the crossbar.
In the second half Stotfold applied more pressure from the start and took the lead when Aldrin's run down the right and cut back ball was well curled by Callum Donnelly around keeper Adam Geoghegan on 50 minutes.
After beating the keeper to a ball forward, Donnelly missed the opportunity to extend the lead by shooting wide of the empty net on the hour.
A couple of other errors later and Desborough decided to replace their keeper for reserve Tom March but his first contact with the ball was to pick it out of the back of the net when Stuart Lochhead headed down Aldrin's cross from the right on 68 minutes.
Last season's top reserve scorer Kane Dougherty should have opened his account for the first team when Donnelly was brought down by keeper March. But the Desborough keeper redeemed himself by parrying Dougherty's penalty wide.
Rokermen: Gillham, Rennie, P Donnelly, Shambrook, Hull, Lochhead (Barrett), Bryant (Mitchell), Beckwith, Aldrin, C Donnelly, Morris (Dougherty).