Seagulls open up in confident mood
PUBLISHED: 10:44 24 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:38 24 May 2010
IT took two of Bristol Rovers' full teams to overcome a lively Weston in the Seagulls' first pre-season friendly, barely a week after the squad was assembled
WESTON-S-MARE 2 BRISTOL ROVERS 4IT took two of Bristol Rovers' full teams to overcome a lively Weston in the Seagulls' first pre-season friendly, barely a week after the squad was assembled.In the first half, which ended scoreless, although Rovers had the better of the play, with Chris Lines, Gary Warren and Steve Elliott dominating the defence, their strike force, led by Lewis Haldene, who had a successful loan spell a few seasons ago at Weston, made little headway against a resolute home defence with Craig Rand outstanding.Weston's best chance fell to Marvin Brown on 36 minutes when he was put through, but Rovers' keeper Scott Shearer came off his line to clear.For the second half, Rovers introduced Junior Agogo, who scored 18 times in last season's campaign, along with Sammy Igoe, Craig Disley, Andy Sandell and others, and they opened the scoring on 50 minutes when Igoe, who wants to return to Rovers from Millwall, blasted the ball past Ryan Northmore from 25 yards.Weston were level on 68 minutes when Ollie Barnes slipped when trying to cut out Scott Walker's low cross, giving Brown time to turn and fire low past keeper Mike Green from 15 yards.Two minutes later, Rovers got back in front when Disley headed Igogo's cross past Northmore and on 80 minutes Lewis Powell burst through the defence to set up Igoe for a simple tap-in.Weston hit back a minute later when substitute Matt Fisher chipped Green from 20 yards.Agogo completed the scoring four minutes from time when he converted Darren Mullins' cross.Weston squad: Northmore, Rand (Hudson 88), Walker, Jarman, Thorne, Rose, Hawkins, Crawford (Herrod 58), Williams (Bailey 58), Brown, Loxton. The game was sponsored by Bristol Rovers Supporters' Club Weston branch, and attracted 684 spectators.