The R’sonists are blazing a trail at the moment in the world of IFA Supporters’ football after notching up a third straight win in this prequel to the main match at Bramall Lane. The team of Rovers supporters currently in its twelfth year of existence took on the Sheffield United fans team the InterBlades at Sheffield United Cricket Club this morning and triumphed over their local rivals for the second time this season. A 4-3 win following a 5-3 home victory a month ago to make it three wins on the bounce for Donny.
The R’sonists began the first half kicking down the considerable slope with the wind at their backs and they helped make this advantage pay, though they were indebted to ‘keeper Dave Burkett, saving well in a one-on-one, for preventing the home side taking the lead. The R’sonists did strike first though as original R’sonist Greg Sill, returning to the side after six years away, won the ball by the corner flag and pulled the ball back for Rob Newton who squared for Andy Harriman and the keeper come striker blasted the ball into the top corner. Donny made it 2-0 before the break, Newton had already missd one great chance but made ammends when he rounded off a neat move with a low finish past the home ‘keeper.
2-0 up at half-time the R’sonists now had to hold out against the three pronged attack of the Blades, the elements and gravity, and it didn’t start well as United pulled a goal back with a header from a corner. With Donny pegged back the Blades equalised midway through the half as a rare Burkett miskick rolled straight to a Blades midfielder and he chipped the ball into the empty net and with fifteen minutes remaining the Blades took the lead as they broke down the right adn the ball was pulled back to the edge of the box where it was met with some force by an excellent drive to give the Blades a 3-2 advantage and their midfielder his hat-trick.
However as the half had worn on the R’sonists had begun to adapt to the conditions and as they broke through a great run from midfielder James Murray they were handed a chance to equalise from the penalty spot as a United defender handled in the box. Newton took the spot-kick and made no mistake to level the match at 3-3. With just over five minutes to go the R’sonists earnt a corner and took their chance well with the home side unable to clear Matt Harriman pounced and fired home from close range for what would prove to be the winning goal.
R’sonists team (4-4-2): Dave Burkett; Glen Wilson, Paul Buckle, Matt Harriman, Alan Brown (Matt Smith); Greg Sill (Steve Cullingworth), Allan Riggall, James Murray, Alan Cullingworth; Rob Newton, Andy Harriman