Football: Tytherington Rocks look four-midable

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Hellenic League Division One West

Tytherington Rocks 4 Tuffley Rovers 1

TYTHERINGTON Rocks continued on their winning ways when defeating newly-promoted Tuffley Rovers.

However, after the way Tuffley played in a goalless first half it looked as though a goal from either side would be enough to settle the game.

The first half started well with Tuffley doing most of the attacking and they had a goal disallowed in the third minute for offside.

With Tuffley on top for most of the half, the Rocks defence was given a busy time, and coped very well to keep them from scoring with Andy Criddle outstanding.

The home side started to create the odd chance towards the end of the first half, but did not test Tuffley keeper Chris Perks.

Tytherington out-played Tuffley in the second half and on 62 minutes took the lead when Sam Taylor was brought down on the edge of the penalty box and Tom Andrews drilled the free kick low and hard to the keeper’s left to open the scoring.

Tuffley immediately came back when, from a corner on the left, Ashley Davies scored following a melee in the home goal mouth to equalise.

In the 66th minute Rocks regained the lead after good interplay between Taylor and Andrews allowed Jack Smyth to shoot first time low into the corner of the net from the edge of the box.

With Rocks manager Gary Powell bringing on Garfield White, Joe Walters and Rob Cave, they continued to dominate and in the 81st minute went further ahead when Stuart Nelson crossed from the right to White, who scored from close in put the home side 3-1 up.

The fourth and final goal came when an excellent cross from deep on the right by Walters to the far side of the goal was met by defender Nick Peare, whose left foot shot from an angle flew past keeper Perks to complete an excellent second half performance from the home side and keep them in top spot.

Rocks are away to Purton on Saturday (2pm), while the reserves are at home to Fishponds OB, 2pm.

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