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REPORT | Rovers 2 Wimbledon 0

26 January 2021

Match Reports

REPORT | Rovers 2 Wimbledon 0

26 January 2021

Goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards made it seven wins from eight league games against AFC Wimbledon.

Elliot Simoes and Taylor Richards returned to the starting XI at the expense of Joe Wright and Jason Lokilo with the former being named on the bench.  

Rovers got off to a promising start with attacks mainly coming down the left through Cameron John. On the fifth minute the left backs ball was intercepted by Will Nightingale and two minutes later he played a ball into Simoes whose resulting shot on goal was blocked.   

That attacking pressure paid off, as on the tenth minute Darren Moore’s side sauntered into the lead after a fine strike from outside the box by Okenabirhie got the better of Sam Walker.  

From this point onwards Rovers were in control of the game and looked assured of themselves that they were not going to concede.  

Rovers were feeling confident which was reflected through their shots on goal. The first of three ambitious attempts came via Reece James from around 30-yards before Matt Smith would hit the woodwork from a similar distance. The third attempt found its way in as Taylor Richards’ attempt on goal from outside the box took a slight deflection off Darnell Johnson to beat Walker and put Moore’s side 2-0 in front.  

Heading in at half-time Moore would have been delighted with what he saw from his team who was in full control of the game. 

In an attempt to shake things up Wimbledon made a change at the start of the second-half with George Dobson replacing Callum Reilly. Initially the change seemed to work with the visitors seeing more of the ball and the Dons’ biggest chance came from Dobson who left the woodwork rattling after a stinging shot from close range.  

A new free kick routine for Rovers saw the unlikely Brad Halliday charge up and strike on goal from 25-yards out, but his low effort was wide of the target.  

On the 65th minute Moore made his first substitution of the evening with Jon Taylor coming off to make way for Ed Williams.  

Rovers began to grow back into the game with Richards forcing a save out of Walker as he searched for his second of the game. The visitors’ keeper was later forced to punch away a shot from Halliday.  

Brighton loanee Richards was substituted with 10 minutes to go. AJ Greaves was the man who replaced him after impressing in his cameos this season.  

Despite Wimbledon’s fighting spirit Rovers saw the game out in an impressive and professional manner and they came away with the three points – taking their tally up to 42 having played 21 games this term.  

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