Rocester 2 Kirby Muxloe 3

Tuesday 12th February 2013
Rocester 2 Kirby Muxloe 3
Baker Joiner Midland Alliance
At: Hillsfield
Kick-off: 7-45 pm
Admission: £5
Weather: cold, dry
Attendance: 56
Duration: first-half: 47:13; second-half: 48:38

Forget the result for a moment, which was disappointing from a Rocester point of view, as I WON THE RAFFLE! A run of countless tales of bad luck that stretched back to the first to the first game on last March’s Mid-Wales groundhop finally came to an end with an announcement made early in the second half. On the field, Kirby capitalised on errors to open up a crucial advantage during the first half with two unanswered goals from Endlioma Chikaka and Tom Hill. It made the scoreline identical to when this game was abandoned back in November. An own goal from Hill just after the hour mark gave Rocester a lifeline but Chikaka quickly restored his Kirby’s two-goal lead. Jack Langston’s injury time penalty was merely a consolation with no time left to find a dramatic late equaliser.

Rocester (amber and black stripes / black / black): 19. Richard Froggatt, 2. Ryan Pirrie, 3. Joe Rogers, 4. Dan McLeod, 5. Darren Bullock (capt), 6. Jack Langston, 7. Mensah Kinch, 8. Adam Swain, 9. Chris Sterling, 10. Darren Leonard, 11. Edwin Ahkenkorah. Subs: 12.Chris McComisky (for Akenkorah, 81), 14. Wayne Johnson (for Bullock), 15. Dean Bromley (not used). Manager: Dave Langston.

Kirby Muxloe (blue/blue/blue): 1. Elliott Shilliam, 2. Richard Phillips, 3. Mitchell Warner, 4. Richard Darlison, 5. Elliott Pacey, 6. Sam Wilson, 7. Karl Wilson, 8. Tom Hill (capt), 9. Endlioma Chikaka, 10. Brett Darby, 11. Aaron Preston. Subs: 12. Gavin O’Keefe (for Preston, 89), 14. Chris Goodman (not used), 15. Ryan Seal (for Chikaka, 90+1), 16. Nathaniel McIntosh (not used).

Referee: Trevor Sharratt (Burton-on-Trent).
Assistants: Roy Burton and Craig Dolman.

0-1 Endlioma Chikaka (29)
0-2 Tom Hill (35)
1-2 Tom Hill (64 og)
1-3 Endlioma Chikaka (65)
2-3 Jack Langston (90+4 pen)

Rocester: Darren Leonard (YC, 55), Ryan Pirrie (YC, 63), Jack Langston (YC, 84)
Kirby Muxloe: Richard Darlison (YC, 70)