Tuesday 15th September 2020
Competition – Midland Football League Division One
Venue – The NFU Sports Ground, Ashby De La Zouch
Opponents – Ashby Ivanhoe FC
Result – Ashby Ivanhoe FC 3 - 4 Rocester FC
The Romans made the journey to Ashby Ivanhoe for their first 'mid-week' fixture of the campaign......
Rocester made a sloppy start to the game and found themselves behind after just 3 minutes when Josh Sedgley brought down Jordan Wilson inside the Rocester box. Jordan Wilson then stepped up to take the penalty and made no mistake...
Score 1 - 0
Soon after, the Romans clicked into gear...
They too were awarded a penalty in the 16th minute after Jack Thatcher was adjudged to have been brought down in the Ashby 18-yard box and Jack Stevens stepped up to fire the ball home!
Incidentally, this was Jack’s first league goal for the Romans!
Score 1 - 1
On the thirty-minute mark, that man Jack Dundas powered home a low header into the bottom right of Ashby's goal.
Score 1 - 2
Eight minutes later, A lovely attacking move from the Romans ended in Jack Thatcher getting his first goal for the Romans with a neat finish from outside the box into the bottom right corner!
Score 1 - 3
However, the first half was far from over and on the 45+1 minute mark, following a long ball forward by the Romans, the Ashby number 5 misjudged the header and Jack Thatcher found himself in a one on one situation and made no mistake when he slid it into the bottom left corner!
Half time score;
Ashby 1-4 Romans...
Ashby came out fighting in the second half and on 69 minutes Liam Donahue scored a belter for Ashby into the top right corner.
Score 2 - 4
Then in the 87th minute, Jordan Wilson scored his second of the evening from a free kick into the bottom right hand corner.
This had everyone ‘on the edge of their seats’, however, the Rocester defence stood firm to the full-time whistle...
Full time score; Ashby Ivanhoe 3 - 4 Rocester FC
Man of the Match…..
The opposition’s ‘man of the match’ was awarded to Jack Thatcher after our win at Ashby Ivanhoe last night.
The former Mickleover FC Academy striker has had to adapt to senior football pretty quickly, however, last night he showed how clinical he can be.
Well done Jack!
**As a footnote, Elisio Francisco made a welcome return after injury had kept him out of action over the last few weeks, but of course it will take a little time before the winger reaches full match fitness.
Next stop is the Aspray Arena on Friday Night where we play OJM Black Country in the First Preliminary Round of the FA Vase.
C'mon you mighty Romans!!!