Not only an excuse for a cheap pun, but a cause for joy as well as the R’sonists finally notched their first win of the season at the third time of asking. Up against the Sheffield United supporters of the InterBlades at Balby Carr’s Football Centre the R’sonists did things the hard way as they came from behind to notch their first IFA League win of the season.
Early in the game Donny were in danger of emulating the actual Rovers with some neat and impressive football failing to be rewarded with a goal and so despite having the better of the posession they somehow found themselves 2-0 down. The Blades took the lead about fifteen minutes in as a right wing corner was headed home from around eight yards out. And within five minutes they had doubled their lead as a Sheffield player found space on the edge of the box and his shot just eluded Dave Burkett to sneak inside the far post. The R’sonists eventually got the goal their play had deserved in a slightly more route one fashion; Andy Harriman getting on to a through ball to fire home with power from close range.
However, the Blades were not about to roll over and they re-established their two goal cushion with quarter of an hour of the half still to play, making the most of some hesitant defending to make it 3-1. Thankfully though Donny lessened their challenge for the second period as they brought the score to 3-2 with around five minutes of the half to go; Glen Wilson bringing the ball forward from the back and then Trevor Charlton and Matty Findaly combined neatly to work the ball in from the left before the latter found the net from close range.
The second half was to prove an equally close affair, but the R’sonists now had the momentum and they drew level within ten minutes of the restart; Findlay beating the Blades ‘keeper to a through ball and applying a calm finish too for 3-3. Back level the R’sonists continued to move the ball about the better of the two sides and went ahead for the first time in the match with around twenty minutes remaining as Andy Harriman again finished emphatically to make it 4-3. As the match wore on the Blades pushed for an equaliser and were far from out of it until the R’sonists eventually amde the game safe with five minutes to go as Andy Sheldrake picked out the top corner with a well taken goal from the edge of the box.
R’sonists line-up: Dave Burkett; Karl Smith (Jonathan Orridge); Paul Buckle, Matt Harriman, Louis Bailey (Glen Wilson); Ian McKenzie, Trevor Charlton, Andy Sheldrake, Allan Riggall; Andy Harriman, Matty Findlay