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Frickley Athletic 0 Rovers 5

10 July 2018

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Rovers made it two wins from as many outings in pre-season with a convincing win at Frickley Athletic.

Rovers boss Grant McCann again named entirely different sides for each half, with a trialist forward starting up front as part of an attacking three alongside John Marquis and Max Watters. 

Rovers started brightly, with their first chance coming inside the opening five minutes - the trialist fired just over from the edge of the area after opening up some space.
 
Frickley went down the other end straight away, almost edging in front themselves as Gavin Allott played in Jacob Hazel down the left - but the winger fired just wide of Marko Marosi’s far post.
 
Marquis was next to go close, as he shot first time from the edge of the area after a lay-off from the trialist, but his powerful effort went just over the bar,.
 
The trialist was involved in plenty of the match and when he floated the ball into the area from a corner his delivery found Joe Wright, looking to add to his goal against Alfreton Town on Saturday, who headed just wide of a post.
 
The home side came forward again as the game approached the 20-minute mark, with Jamie McGuire’s deep cross being put behind at the back post by Niall Mason before Allott could get to it.
 
Rovers took the lead after 33 minutes, with Marquis finding the back of the net following a ball forward from Danny Amos.
 
Marquis shrugged off the challenge of Jameel Ible and kept his composure from a tight angle to fire under Callum Fielding and give Rovers the lead.
 
The forward then should have made it two just three minutes later, as he played a one-two with Matty Blair inside the area, but his effort went over.
 
Hazel tried to get Frickley back on terms as he collected a header down from Allott, but his angled drive was held well by Marosi.
 
Myron Gibbons, on as a substitute for Watters, had Rovers’ next chance to score with a shot which was well held by Fielding.
 
Gibbons was involved in the second goal just a minute later as he got the better of Sam Liversedge, collecting the ball inside the area and cutting back onto his left.
 
He played the ball across goal to Ben Whiteman who had the simple task of slotting into the empty net to double Rovers’ lead just before the break.
 
Gibbons was impressing alongside the senior players, as his cross in from the right was met by Jacob Fletcher, but Fielding got a leg to his first time shot and turned the ball around a post.
 
It was more of the same from an all-changed side in the second period, with Issam Ben Khemis forcing an early save from Fielding from six-yards out after a ball in from Danny Andrew.
 
James Morris was next to go close as he received the ball from Alfie Beestin, leaving him one-on-one with Fielding, but the Frickley stopper got down well to tip the ball behind for another Rovers corner.
 
Rovers got their third just after the hour, with Luke McCullough playing the ball over the top of the Frickley defence.

Alfie May latched on to the ball, and he lobbed the ball over the stranded Fielding to extend Rovers’ lead further.
 
Fielding was at stretch five minutes later to deny May a second, as he ran towards goal after a through ball from Beestin.

His shot across goal was well saved by the young keeper, with Connor Smith clearing it away.
 
Rovers wgot their fourth from the resulting throw in, though, with Andrew’s ball into the box being slotted home by opposite full-back Mitchell Lund at the back post.
 
Rovers were running away with the game, and from Ian Lawlor’s punt forward to Beestin they grabbed their fifth goal.

Beestin beat his defender and played the ball across to Morris who forced the ball into a corner in what was the final action of the game.


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