Manjimup Rovers men continue impressive run of form with 5-1 win over the third-placed Eaton-Dardanup

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Manjimup Rovers’ player-coach Lance Vivian.
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The Manjimup Rovers men have continued their impressive run of form with a win over the third-placed Eaton-Dardanup at the weekend.

The fifth-placed Rovers travelled to Dardanup on Sunday in a rich vein of form and beat the home side 5-2.

Rovers took to the field with 11 and no substitutes, but got off to the perfect start when Lazarus Mandikonza converted a controversial penalty early into the match.

Not long after, a Taj Smith corner rebounded to Christopher King who put the ball home, giving the Rovers 2-0 up after just 11 minutes.

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More luck fell the Rovers’ way in the half when a clearance from an Eaton-Dardanup defender rebounded off Tom Anstey’s face into the path of Mandikonza, who beat his defender and scored another to give Manjimup a 3-0 lead at the half.

Eaton-Dardanup were the first team to score in the second half through a free kick to get the score to 3-1, before Jamie Mair netted his first to take the score to 4-1.

The home side refused to give up and got the score back to 4-2, but Mandikonza was able to complete his hat-trick and see his side to a 5-2 win.

The Rovers are now in fifth on the ladder, but level on points with the third-placed Eaton-Dardanup, who they play again on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Manjimup ladies split the points with Bunbury United to remain seventh on the ladder.

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