Sam’s Section: Rovers end 16-match league winless run & Tredworth host Dursley in top of the table showdown


Here we are again to delve into another week of footballing action which definitely boasted some shocks with a weekend ahead of mouth-watering fixtures.

And where should I start? Maybe all the way up in Cumbria where finally, after 108 days, Forest Green Rovers won a league match beating promotion chasing, Barrow 2-1 in their League Two clash.

That 472-mile round trip on a wet Tuesday night was made more than worth it for the brave 69 Rovers fans who travelled to witness Steve Cotterill’s maiden win as Rovers manager.

Rovers have been growing better and better since Cotterill’s arrival and Tuesday night saw everything come together.

Kyle McAllister got the ball rolling with a headed or a more shouldered effort flying past the Barrow ‘keeper before the hosts were level with a stunning 35-yard attempt.

But Emmanuel Osadebe secured the vital three-points after charging from well inside his own half to send a low driven effort in to the bottom corner from just inside the area.

And let’s just say full-time was a party! The travelling fans, who had out sung the 3,000 plus Barrow fans all game, went into ecstasy.

The players and staff made sure to celebrate alongside them, but it was Cotterill who was being serenaded off with chants of ‘We’ve got super Steve Cotterill!”

This massive victory now see’s Rovers move off the foot of the table and sit six-points from safety.

It’s a quick turnaround for Cotterill and his side who are on the road again on Saturday when they travel to Crawley Town in League Two.

Crawley Town vs Forest Green Rovers (League Two; 15:00 kick off)

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Now to finish on a top of the table clash in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League which could potentially have implications on how the title race shapes up.

It’s first versus third on Saturday as leaders, Tredworth Tigers, play host to Dursley Town at Spa Road.

Tredworth were rubbing their hands together last weekend as they took full advantage of Dursley’s slip up and Longlevens Reserves’ absence, beating Bibury 3-0 to jump top of the league.

Dursley were stunned by struggling English Bicknor who ran out 3-2 winners at the Rec handing Karl Nash’s side only their second league defeat and their first at home in the league this season.

Both sides will want to put everything towards getting those lucrative three points as Longlevens travel to bottom of the league, Berkeley Town where, to many, they are guaranteed a win, sparing any majors shocks.

Tredworth Tigers vs Dursley Town (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One; 15:00 kick off)

Berkeley Town vs Longlevens Reserves (Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division One; 15:00 kick off)

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