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Filed: Sunday, 21st October 2012
By: Staff Writer

There were mixed fortunes for our teams on another busy weekend of football.

Dean Shamshoum's senior team - the only Rovers side in action on Saturday - got the weekend off to the perfect start with a 7-2 demolition of Leigh Ramblers III in their Borough Combination Division 3 encounter.

3-1 ahead at half time, Rovers continued to pile on the pressure after the break and secured their second successive league win to maintain their 100 per cent record. Both Lewis Bickford and Ed McIntosh grabbed a hat-trick from the team's seven-goal haul.

Nigel Purkis' senior team were due to play their top of the table clash with Trinity Utd FC at Barleylands this morning but the game was postponed at the last minute - literally, as both teams had already arrived at the venue before the match was cancelled - due to a waterlogged pitch.

That meant that our under 7s and under 10s took centre stage with home fixtures at Thundersley Common.

Dave Wilson's team, the youngest side in the club were first up against Corringham Athletic. In only their third ever outing, Rovers gave a brave performance before going down 6-2 with goals from Ali Haji - who also hit the post twice - and Lochlain Murray.

The final game of the weekend saw Ryan Scott-Douglas' under 10s pitched against the current league leaders Leighwood United Lions. Despite maintaining parity for the opening quarter of the game an unlucky Rovers eventually went down 5-0; two of which were heavily deflected goals.

There was also time for the new veterans team to hold their first ever training session at the Common on Sunday afternoon; if you are over 35 and interesting in getting involved please drop us a line at

Next weekend sees all five of our teams in action; the under 7s, under 8s and seniors on Saturday (all at home) plus the under 8s (home), under 10s and seniors (both away) on Sunday. For full details, visit our fixtures page.

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