Slow-starting Rovers finally grab a winner
HATHERLEY FC 0 SHURDINGTON ROVERS RES 1
SHURDINGTON Rovers were in confident mood after some positive performances over the last few fixtures.
They travelled to Dowty Rotol for a local derby in Cheltenham League Division Six.
Manager Ian Hearn brought in Oli Steers and captain Paul Kear, back from injury.
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Shurdington started off the slowest of the two teams and failed to keep the ball on the deck with the strong winds.
Eventually they started to play some football but only created a couple of chances in the first half.
Hatherley were playing with the wind behind them and looked likely to score, but Dan Sterling coped well between the sticks.
Ben Harris became more of an influence on the game having several runs at the home side's defence.
After half-time, man of the match Lee Brickley continued to threaten.
But despite the majority of possession Shurdington did not look likely to score until Merv Martin curled in the winner directly from a corner.
SHURDINGTON ROVERS RES 2 CAMBRAY 1
SHURDINGTON Rovers Reserves continued their County Cup adventure by knocking out Cambray at King George V.
Shurdington took to the field and started the brighter of the two teams with Brickley missing a golden opportunity to take an early lead with a six-yard shot sailing over the bar.
The home defence looked untroubled for large parts of the game, Bob Styman using all his experience to marshal his young defenders.
With a strong defensive platform Shurdington took the lead when Stevens collected the ball just outside the box and noticed the keeper off his line, rifling in his first goal for the club and his first in adult football.
Shurdington continued to press forward and missed several chances.
Styman twisted in ankle and had to leave the field, with Adam Powis brought on for a run out.
Shurdington continued to press forward, but they went to sleep at a throw-in.
Cambray scored a soft goal which looked like it would force extra-time.
Boss Ian Hearn changed the formation for the final push and it ended up paying dividends.
With three minutes to go andBen Harris getting forward to nod the ball on, 55-year-old Merv Martin rolled back the years, chipping the advancing goalkeeper from six yards.