Albion stun AFC Rovers to book cup final place

AFC Rovers 0 Albion FC 1
AFC Rovers 0 Albion FC 1

Bridlington’s Albion FC caused a surprise in the semi-finals of the East Riding Intermediate Cup when they beat AFC Rovers, who have won the Humber Premier League Division One

Rovers started the game well, and created a couple of half chances early on as Albion showed them too much respect.

Once the defence found their feet, Albion were able to start playing football themselves. The midfield pairing of Tom and Louis Gregory started to win tackles, while striker Jake Day was causing havoc for Rovers’ defence.

Albion managed to kick on from a period of control and created a number of chances. Day was denied from close range, Josh Christlow hit a sweetly struck volley from 35 yards which was acrobatically tipped over the bar and Billy Tyler rattled the crossbar.

Rovers tried to intimidate Albion by putting in some big tackles but Albion stood up to them and matched them in every department. In the second half, Albion stayed compact, got bodies behind the ball and defended as a team.

As Rovers became frustrated, Christlow was tackled on the edge the box and the ball fell to Cowling who was met by a badly-timed, ferocious tackle, which resulted in a red card.

Albion saw this as a chance to pile on the pressure; Christlow worked his magic and was one on one with the keeper, but unselfishly squared it to Tyler who was unable to capitalise.

Then, a corner was flicked on by Louis Gregory, Christlow kept it alive at the back post and chipped the ball back in. It was met by Staveley who had his initial header denied, but he was the first to the loose ball and drove the ball into the bottom corner.

Rovers continued to pile on the pressure and Young twice cleared off the line and Russell made a couple of crucial saves.

Another bad tackle saw Rovers reduced to nine men but they threw everything at Albion for the last five minutes but the Bridlington side kept them out.