Bristol Fans Derby Update

April 13, 2006

[image1] The Rovers fans team continued their preparation for this years Bristol Fans Derby with a game against a team made up of players who attend church together, Parish Lions. The game was played in bright and sunny conditions at Patchway Sports Centre.

The Rovers fans team started much more brightly than their makeshift opponents, who struggled to get the ball from the players in Blue and White quartered shirts. Early in the first half, Rovers were awarded a penalty by referee Dave Ford. (Who later came on to play for the Lions) Chris Watkins confidently stepped up to the spot for Rovers, but his shot from 12 yards went agonisingly wide of the goalkeeper’s left hand post.

John Filiter opened the scoring shortly after, when Simon Matthew’s free kick found the Rovers forward unmarked and able to coolly volley the ball past the helpless goalkeeper.

The earlier penalty miss wasn’t affecting Chris Watkins’ display, as he and Filiter both bagged further goals to give Rovers a 3-goal lead before the Lions could hit back. A rare midfield lapse gave the ball away, and the Lions forward found himself one on one with Rovers‘ keeper Mat James with time to pick his spot and fire home to reduce the deficit.

Rovers carried on playing well and creating chances, hitting the bar and post, whilst forcing a decent save from the away keeper, before Dave White, playing against his Father, scored a close range header at the back post, and Filiter completed his hat trick just before half-time with a shot into the roof of the net to leave the scores at halftime 5-1 to Rovers.

Halftime;   Rovers 5     Parish Lions 1

The second half opened with former forum team player Dave Ford passing on the whistle to Mark Bladder.

Ford made an immediate impact for the visitors, scoring a goal within 5 minutes of the restart, turning on the edge of the box before curling the ball into the top corner of the net to make the score 5-2 in favour of the hosts.

Any chance of an unlikely comeback was soon quashed though when Gareth Ball controlled on the edge of the penalty area to make it 6, scoring his 1st goal for the team in his 3rd match.

The game then went stale with neither side really doing much, although it was still Rovers holding the most possession, Lions worked a couple of opportunities but goalkeeper James’ work was largely restricted to tidying up the ends of failed attacks.

Out of nothing a piece of slack defending allowed Ben Williams to steal the ball from the defender and slot in at the near post to increase the lead to 5 goals, before Filiter and Ball added their 4th and 2nd goals respectively to finish the scoring, Rovers running out comfortable 9-2 victors.
A four-goal man of the match performance from John Filiter typified a decent hardworking performance by Rovers, who were better throughout than the visitors.
A special mention must go to Kier Underhill who played an absolute blinder and gave a lesson in how to play full back.

Rovers fans team; Mat James, Simon Matthews, James Goodlet, Rob Bayliss, Rich Gregory, David White, Ben Wiltshire, Mike Greenhill, Ben Williams, Chris Watkins, John Filiter, Gareth Ball, Kier Underhill.

This year’s Bristol Fans Derby takes place at Ashton Gate next Thursday, 20th April kicking off at 7.00pm. Rovers fans team are currently the holders of the cup, having won it for the last two years, and they will be keen to hold on to it.

This year the event is raising money and awareness for the Childrens Hospice project at North Wraxall. You can donate money via the internet here, or to any of the BFD squad, or donate at the match. All sponsorship is welcome and will make a real difference so please help.

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