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Filed: Sunday, 5th May 2013
By: Staff Writer

Rovers' Veterans secured their first ever victory at a sun-baked Thundersley Common this afternoon.

The Veterans team - who were formed earlier this year and playing only their third fixture - turned the tables to record a 4-2 victory against Chingford United, who had beaten Rovers 5-2 when the teams met for the first time last month.

Captained by Brian Chester - making his first appearance in the black and white since he was a junior player at the club back in the early 1980s - Rovers took the lead through guest player Ellis Park, who thumped a fierce 20-yard drive into the bottom right corner midway through the first half.

BACK TO BLACK (and White): Brian Chester captained the team upon his Rovers return

However Chingford equalised almost immediately after a rare incursion into Rovers territory proved fruitful - and with no further goals, the game remained level at 1-1 as the players paused for a much-needed, half time break.

Dave Wilson, who also manages our Under 7s team restored Rovers' slender advantage from close range with his second goal in three games - and that is how it remained, until Chingford drew level for a second time with little more than quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

Undeterred, Rovers continued to press on and took the lead for a third time when former Saturday Senior Brad Manning - making his first appearance for the Veterans - produced a wonderful lob from the corner of the penalty box to make it 3-2.

And Rovers' first win was confirmed minutes later when another of our former Senior players, Chris Park, scored from inside the penalty area to give the Veterans a 4-2 win.

By featuring in the same team today, Chris and 15-year-old son Ellis - who scored Rovers' opening goal - became the first father and son combination to play in the same Rovers team since 1986, and almost certainly the first to both score in the same game!

Also making his Rovers comeback today was Dave Gibbs, who last played for the Club when part of Darren Nuding's highly-successful Sunday Senior team of the late 1980s/early 1990s.

SEEING THE FUNNY SIDE: Ex-Sunday Senior Dave Gibbs enjoyed his Rovers comeback

In the weekend's only other game, which preceeded today's Veterans' fixture at the Common, our Seniors faced Trinity United in their final home fixture of the campaign.

Starting with only ten men - and finishing with only nine due to one player having to leave prior to the final whistle - Nigel Purkis' side produced a valiant effort despite going down 7-4. On target for Rovers were Alex McDonald (2), Paul Mason and Darren Hillman.

The Seniors' final game of the season comes next week at Regal Sports, where a win should be enough to secure fifth place in the Sceptre League Division 1.

BAGGING A BRACE: But Alex's double wasn't enough to prevent brave Rovers from falling to defeat

There were no games this weekend for the Saturday Seniors, nor any of our Junior teams.

Finally, the best wishes of everyone at the club go to the Veterans' Gareth Howlett, who had to be treated in hospital following today's game having dislocated a shoulder.

Match Facts

Seniors 4-7 Trinity United

Frankie Harris, Greg Dearlove, Paul Mason, Darren Lofthouse, Darren Hillman, Chris Armstrong, James McDonald, Alex McDonald, James Perrins, Harry Harris.

Goals: Alex McDonald (2), Paul Mason, Darren Hillman.

Veterans 4-2 Chingford United

Mike Porter (Guest), Brian Chester (c), Steve Higgins, Jon Lavery, Ben Plant, Paul Saunders, Matt Bremner, Chris Park, Gareth Howlett, Dave Gibbs, Dave Wilson.

Subs: Ellis Park (Guest), Brad Manning, Graeme Howlett.

Goals: Ellis Park, Dave Wilson, Brad Manning, Chris Park.

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