Oxford Frustrate Rovers

September 14, 2005

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Last night’s twice postponed League Two match against Oxford United proved to be an entertaining one, with a goal from each side and a share of the points.

Rovers started brightly  but the first chance fell to Oxford’s Sabin who headed wide. Rovers were soon creating their own chances with efforts from Disley and Walker going close. Agogo made space for another opportunity for the home side after some great play down the wing, with Walker rising to head and keeper Turley had to be smart to tip over. As the half drew to a close it was Oxford that got onto the score sheet right against the run of play with a cross from Robinson headed home by  Hackett, giving Oxford the momentum at the half time break. [image2]

Second half, and the home side were straight into making chances again. Disley and Agogo both went close after good work from Gibb and Carruthers, both making good use of the wings. Rovers continued to press making more good opportunities before Walker finally got the chance in the 64th minute to put Rovers back on level terms.

Ali Gibb put a ball over the top which U’s defender Roget misjudged, only for Walker to time his run perfectly and pick his spot with a powerful low drive. Rovers were looking likely to go on to win from this position and despite continuing to create good balls into the danger area, the second goal just wouldn’t come.

The most controversial moment came [image3]when Agogo latched onto a through ball and looked set for goal. U’s keeper Turley came rushing out and as Rovers hitman Agogo toed the ball past him, he was brought crashing to the floor by the keeper’s late challenge. Turley stayed down as did Agogo while referee Wiley spoke to both sets of players as the floored pair received treatment. He then proceeded to make the biggest non decision of the night, brandishing a yellow card at the visiting goalkeeper instead of the red eveyone else in the stadium thought was coming. Even the Oxford bench were readying sub Tardiff, who was seen to be putting on his gloves. The irony of the situation went further as Agogo had to leave the pitch while Turley was allowed to stay on.

Despite all the pressure from the home side, the points ended up being shared, though Oxford did give the Rovers defence a late scare and only a goal line clearance from Hinton saved the day for the home side. [image4]

Manager Ian Atkins said he was delighted with the team’s performance and many in the stadium saw it as a bench mark for the rest of the season and a good building block.

Young Pirates mascot for the match was Lee Bridgeman. Half time 50/50 winner was ticket number 17470 which won a prize of £663.

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