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Rovers are back in touch after third straight win

By Mid Devon Gazette  |  Posted: January 08, 2013

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WILLAND Rovers are back in touch with the mid-table positions following a crucial win away to Odd Down.

That is the opinion of assistant manager Andy Barnard, after Danny Jee scored the only goal of the game to secure the points following an evenly-matched contest.

Rovers have endured a poor campaign so far, but three wins from their last three games leave them two points behind 15th-placed Radstock Town and just six points behind Larkhall Athletic in seventh.

But while Barnard is certainly looking up rather than down, he insists their Premier Division survival still can not be taken for granted.

"With nine points from nine, if we win one more then we can start overtaking the teams ahead of us and really push on into mid table," he said.

"It is still going to be a long hard season. Those nine points have put us into a position where we can now climb the table.

"Having said that, it does work both ways – a couple of defeats and that could put us back down there.

"We have got a big game coming up against Longwell Green. I have been here two years and we have not beaten them yet – they are just one of those sides we struggle against."

Saturday's win signalled an end to the longest run of inactivity at the club in recent history, having not played since the 4-0 win over Bridport on December 8.

That came off the back of a 2-1 away victory over Wells City, and their fine recent form has eased mounting relegation fears over the Silver Street side, who now sit fifth from bottom.

Looking back on Saturday's game, Barnard paid credit to Steve Orchard and Scott Rogers, with the duo yet again playing a crucial role.

"We rode our luck a little bit in the first half if I had to be honest, but out keeper had nothing to do in the second half," said Barnard, who will help manager Clive Jones prepare the side for the visit of Longwell Green Sports on Saturday.

"They (Odd Down) are a good side – that was only the second game where they haven't scored a goal this season.

"Stevie Orchard was brilliant – absolutely outstanding. He has clearly been out running a lot over Christmas and really got himself in shape. He was absolutely outstanding.

"Scotty (Rogers) was also superb for us and ran the show. He was telling everyone where to go, organising things and was absolutely superb."

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