Although separated by thirteen places in the league, as a local derby it was always going to be a hard game, and so it proved to be.
The teams are both close friends and fierce rivals and it was a no quarter game from the start with plenty of tackles, many fouls and an assortment of yellow cards with three dished out to each team.
A Glenfield free kick in the first minute of the game gave the visitors the first opportunity but it was spurned and they paid two minutes later when a through ball was latched on to by Jack Beguely who was too quick for the defence and placed a low shot wide of Jacob Spoonley to open the scoring.
Two minutes later Leigh Kenyon was just wide from a Begeuly cross and the game settled into a midfield battle which neither side dominated.
Dan Peat set off on a run just after the quarter hour but his final shot was blocked while at the other end Mike Gwyther warmed the hands of John Fletcher with his first shot in anger.
Rovers were level in the 22nd minute when Gwyther got the ball , wrong footed two Bays defenders and gave Fletcher no chance from the edge of the box. This goal boosted Rovers and Harry Hillary-Jenkins was just wide with his attempt.
At the other end Spoonley saved a Kenyon free kick and Peat was put through by Phil Edginton but shot well over the bar.
Both teams cancelled each other out for the remainder of the half.
The opening stanza’s of the second half saw Rovers on attack with Fletcher saving from Gwyther and Hillary-Jenkins being blocked before pulling the trigger.
Neither side was prepared to concede anything and was punctuated regularly by infringements and the odd card.
Dan Morgan-Howell hit the wall from a free kick and brought out the best of Spoonley who blocked a drive from close range. At the other end, Gwyther was getting nothing from the Bays defence.
The last five minutes of the game saw Joe Bresnahan denied by Spoonley, George Suri clearing off the line from a Rovers sortie and Morgan-Howell blocked for a corner which was cleared off the line. Honours were even when the final whistle went.
Team: Fletcher, Forrest, Suri, Edginton, Zoghby, Kenyon, Hitchin, Bresnahan, Peat (Morgan-Howell 69), Beguely (Bola 78), Wasi (Estrin 69).
Scorer: Beguely 3
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