With just 2 games of the league season remaining Harts inflicted the first defeat on reigning champions, Rovers, beating them 1-0 in Saturday’s early fixture.
Rovers went into this game needing only a point from their remaining two games to secure the title again. With 2 minutes left to play and neither team able to score, that point was within touching distance. But a wicked deflection from what should have been a routine clearance for one of Rovers defenders, ricocheted back and into the far corner of their net leaving goalkeeper Phillip Stroud completely wrong footed. While Harts glee was there for all to see, it is still highly likely Rovers will be confirmed champions next week on the final day of the league when they play Wirebirds. Even if they lose, Harts will need to beat Crystal Rangers by at least 9 clear goals in order to pip them – unlikely.
This game on Saturday was dominated by two solid defences. Rovers have the meanest back line in the league, having conceded just 5 goals in 12 games. Harts on the other hand have given away 18. Michael Williams was switched from striker to central defender for Harts, a move which paid off as his commitment and strength in the challenge left little for Rovers strikers. Alongside Michael was Eugene Williams, Clayton Yon and Tyrell Ellick, and all 4 had good games.
At the other end Shane Clifford and Brian Sim led the Rovers defenders, with Luke Johnson and Peter Benjamin making up the line.
So the league now goes down to the last weekend.
Rovers unbeaten record has gone, however, barring a massive upset they should be all smiles next week.