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REPORT | FC United of Manchester 0 Rovers 3

23 July 2022

Club News

REPORT | FC United of Manchester 0 Rovers 3

23 July 2022

Rovers rounded off their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 win at FC United of Manchester.

Goals from George Miller, Harrison Biggins and Josh Andrews eased Gary McSheffrey’s side to victory at Broadhurst Park.

James Maxwell, Kyle Hurst and Lee Tomlin were all included in the starting XI after signing permanent contracts with the club.

Rovers started well and George Miller was almost in behind after four minutes but his glancing header from Adam Clayton’s through ball was well collected well by FC United keeper Dan Lavercombe.

Maxwell then got forward down the left before finding Harrison Biggins on the edge of the box, he shifted the ball nicely onto his left foot before shooting just over the bar.

The chances continued to come for McSheffrey’s side as Hurst cut in from the left and stung the palms of the goalkeeper, before Maxwell forced an even better save from him after a well worked corner routine.

From the resulting corner, Ro-Shaun Williams headed just over and it felt as though Rovers were getting closer to an opening goal.

Lavercombe did well to keep out Ollie Younger’s back post effort on 37 minutes, but there was nothing he could do about the opener six minutes later.

Younger’s ball from the right was dummied by Biggins into the path of Miller, who’s first touch and spin opened up space for him to fire low into the bottom corner.

That was his sixth goal since joining the club on a three-year deal earlier in the summer, and it was enough to give Rovers the lead at half-time.

The opening exchanges of the second half brought about few chances before Rovers doubled their lead just before the hour mark.

Biggins collected the ball well outside the penalty area and unleashed an unstoppable drive beyond Lavercombe to score his first goal in a Rovers shirt.

It was almost three seven minutes later, as Rowe saw his effort tipped onto the post before substitute Reo Griffiths put the rebound over.

Rovers did get their third with 11 minutes remaining, Griffiths played a good ball through to Josh Andrews in the area and the Birmingham City loanee made no mistake from 10 yards out.

The win ensured Rovers remained unbeaten throughout pre-season ahead of next weekend’s Sky Bet League Two opener against Bradford City.

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