The importance of penalty-taking in football: Carter Harrison's redemption for Rovers
Updated: Feb 9
Rovers winning run continues as Carter Harrison bags a brace in a convincing 5-1 victory over bottom of the league The Club Pot.
Middlewood Rovers first game following the winter break saw them pick up a vital 3 points against fellow strugglers The Club Pot. Middlewood got off to a dream start when winger Jack Gascoigne got on to the end of an Adam Blackburn cross to put the away side in the lead. Club Pot almost had an instant response, but Rovers keeper Ben Asquith was able to deny them, his left boot safeguarding Rovers lead.
Carter Harrison got his first of the game when Gascoigne’s cross found him lurking at the back post to double the Rovers lead. They were able to snatch a third with a set piece straight from the training ground, captain Josh Draper finding Callum Sturch in the box who manged to pick out Danny Jepson, debuting his dazzling new boots, who smashed the ball home.
On the stroke of half-time Rovers put themselves firmly in the driver’s seat when Harley Reading jinked his way past two players before calmly slotting home to give the visitors a first half 4-0 lead.
Rovers hard work threatened to be undone when Club Pot struck straight from kick off in the second half, their striker managing to slot the ball past Asquith but a delay in the game followed with Sturch managing to break the net whilst trying to clear the ball which killed any momentum the home side had hoped to build.
Rovers finally killed the game off when Harrison was brought down in the box and stepped up to put his penalty demons behind him, slotting the ball home to give Rovers a vital three points over a bottom of the league rival.