Away Win Eases Pressure
September 5, 2005
Rovers recorded their second victory of the season on Saturday with an entertaining 3-2 win away at Brisbane Road. Goals from Craig Disley and Junior Agogo (2) wrapped up the win despite a spirited fight back from Orient in the closing stages.
Orient, who had lost their three previous home games were dealt an early blow when the recalled Craig Disley gave Rovers the lead after 15 minutes. New on-loan signing Michael Leary linked up well with Junior Agogo before Ali Gibb crossed for Disley to head home at the back post for his first goal of the season.
Rovers created the better chances during the first half, with the all action Michael Leary setting up Agogo who had his shot tipped wide while the youngster went for goal himself minutes later only to see his shot blocked. [image2]
East end hitman Gary Alexander had the home side’s best chances but couldn’t trouble Scott Shearer and Rovers playing in the burning early afternoon sun went in at the break holding a deserved 1-0 lead.
After the restart it didn’t take Rovers long to click into gear as they began to dominate proceedings. In the 54th minute Junior Agogo made it 2-0 with a well taken penalty. Dangerous all afternoon, Agogo dribbled into the box only to be tripped by the home side’s John Mackie and the referee didn’t hesitate to award a penalty kick which was despatched low into the bottom left corner.
As the game wore on Orient were able to give themselves a lifeline in the 75th minute when a deflected James Hunt clearance broke to Orient’s Justin Miller who quickly found Gary Alexander who was on hand to notch his first goal of the season.
Rovers continued to push forward looking to kill off their opponents and grabbed a vital 3rd goal in the 82nd minute through Junior Agogo. The in-form forward burst clear of the Orient defence to round the keeper and tap home into an empty net to record his 6th goal of the season.
Another defensive error at the back by Rovers did however ensure a tense finish when a poor clearance from Scott Shearer fell straight to Daryl McMahon to make it 3-2, though Rovers ran out deserved winners even if the scoreline suggested a much closer game.
After a difficult week for Rovers Manager Ian Atkins the result was the perfect answer to his critics after the departure of Ryan Williams and with two home games coming up the win at Orient could prove the perfect spring board to the rest of the season.