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Reading [7] Rascals
Reading [6] Rovers
Sat 13 Jan 10:00 - MBBO Open League - Division 8 West Full time

Rascals edge close contest with Rovers to go top again!

Rascals edge close contest with Rovers to go top again!

Reading Rascals needed a penalty corner goal at the end of 70 minutes to take the points in this closely fought inter club MBBO Div8 West contest against Reading Rovers.

The game was never far from incident as Rovers put in one of their best defensive displays of the season. The Rascals were never quite allowed the time on the ball that they needed but dominated possession none the less.

Rovers took the lead from a P-Flick awarded because the Rascals keeper was deemed to have unfairly flattened the Rovers forward just as the ball went past. Rascals then equalised before half time and took the lead early in the second half. A cameo appearance from Tom Wright saw the three Wright men, Chris, Tom and Matt play in a league match together for the first time and along with Mark and Henry Chapman and Steve & Max Reed the team continued it's father and son ethos along with fielding 6 U16 players and 2 U18.

Rovers equalised 9 minutes before the end in controversial circustances when the Rascals defender moved the ball across the D to take a 16 only for the Rovers attacker to rush in, take the ball and score whilst everyone just stood looking on.

Rascals needing to win to keep their promotion hopes alive applied more pressure yet couldn't break the resilient Rovers defence. Max Reed came on for Toby Jones who had put a good shift in as right back. The final push saw several close shots whistle past the post, on other days they would have gone it and then Rascals won a short corner on the stroke of time. The first shot was blocked but the ball fell to Max Reed who squeezed the ball between the post and keeper to score with the last touch of the game!

Well done guys, good win but don't leave it so late next week!

Team: Mitchell, Cooke, Chapman H, Mann T, (Reed S), Jones, Welsh N, Chapman M, Sayer J, Shashank, Wright C, Wright M, Wright T

Goal scorers Wright M 2 Reed M 2

Team selection

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League round up

Other Division 8 West results

Oxford 8
Oxford 9
Wallingford 5
Oxford Hawks 7
Wallingford 4


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