Blackburn Rovers striker Petrus Mahlatsi’s hat-trick gave the East London team their first win of the season. They beat Hanover Park 3-1 at the Wynberg Military Stadium on Sunday.
Rovers move in to seventh place on the eight team table while Hanover dropped to the bottom. Rovers coach Ian Palmer was relieved that his side won and admitted that they were getting desperate.
“This is a good victory for us. Things have not gone our way and to get three points away from home just makes this so much sweeter,’ Palmer said.
“We came here for a positive result and the boys played to instruction and showed how determined they were to win. I am relieved, I am happy and I know we can build on this victory.”
Mahlatsi was the lone striker as Rovers used a 4-5-1 system. Andy Mathebula scored for the hosts who were unable to penetrate the Rovers tight defence.
“It worked for us today, our plan was to contain them and get them on the break and Petrus was superb up front. He did not have all the support but he made the chances he got count.”
“Our defenders were excellent too and credit must go to them for protecting our lead. We did become a bit complacent but in the end we held on for all three points.”
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In the Inland Stream Batau were held to a goalless draw by Jomo Cosmos, Black Leopards whipped Dynamos 3-0 and FC AK lost 1-0 to United FC.-PSL website