After a positive league start, expectations were high for this trip to Scunthorpe – especially upon sight of the team-sheet with Tommy Rowe the only absentee from arguably the strongest possible Rovers XI. A pleasant change from resting players, which seems to be the norm these days, and clear ambition to go on a good old cup run.
As with the previous match against Wycombe, Rovers were dominant from start to finish; a truly enjoyable game. Rovers played some fantastic football for the majority of the game, creating a bucket load of chances. The first to be capitalised upon fell at the red-hot feet of Malik Wilks in the 36th minute; the forward drilled in a knock-down from John Marquis after the Scunthorpe defence failed to properly deal with a James Coppinger cross.
Rovers had the ball in the back of the net once more in the first half, but it was disallowed following some ‘half a dozen of one and six of the other’ stuff in the 18-yard box.
The second goal came after some brilliant build up play, as a Niall Mason cross was met by the left foot of Danny Andrew who looped it into the net.
The only blots on an otherwise superb performance were a well saved Marquis penalty, and a late consolation goal for United from Stephen Humphrys.
Overall a terrific performance from Rovers, and the early signs suggest we better get used to to seeing some entertaining football this season. Long may it continue.
by Adam Bates