Rosehill had a much needed win today against Knowles who they beat by the odd goal earlier in the season.
Rosehill, as usual, started slowly and took about 20 minutes to get going and to play the type of football that is acustomed with Rosehill this season.
Knowles with plenty of experience took the game to Rosehill in the first 20 and had the majority of play but could not capitalise on their dominance.
Rosehill went in front on 35 minutes with a goal by Stonham following an assist from Charlie Walker.
Going into the break one up and looking comfortable against a good Knowles side.
Stonham added to his tally on 52 following a great team move and an assist from left back Max Derkson.
Knowles scored on 65 following a defensive mistake and the Knowles striker took his chance well.
Rosehill added goals on 70 minutes with a goal from Charlie Walker and again on 78 added to the score with Stonham converting after a back pass from the Knowles defender to their keeper.
Rosehill looked to be crusing and on for a great 3 clear goal win but all changed in the last 8 minutes with Knowles getting two goals to take it to 4-3 on the stroke of 90 minutes.
A good win against an experienced Knowles side was good for Rosehill but although content with the win there is still much work to do defensivley and need to be more decisive with their finishing.
Rosehill had too many long range shots today which led to nothing and need to regain their confidence to play quality pass and move football like they know they can.
Great performances from Max and Joe once again in defence and Mark Davies was superb filling in at centre back. Freeman once again was the Rosehill dynamo and earnt his man of the match. Freeman was ably assisted by James Defreitas in midfield with Shrubby and Dan Kuxhaus. Up front Ben and Charlie got 4 goals between them but even they will tell you they were not at their best today.
Lewis had a great return to the mix today and hope his performance is not a one off like it has been before.
Adam derserves a lot of credit for playing in goal with an arm injury that has been plauging him for weeks and had no chance with the goals due to his injury.
Superb temprament from the Rosehill lads to hold it together and once again no dissent, no arguing and no bookings.
Rosehill now go 3 points clear of their nearest rivals for second place, Wilmington Lions with one more game played and a much superior goal difference so a good win next week against Lancing Athletic is crucial.
Rosehill will always create chances and score goals but need to be more decisive and need to get it right at the back if they are going to get automatic promotion.
We still have to play Wilmington twice but as I have said before and James Freeman would agree "Our destiny is in our hands" :)
Cheers lads, all in all a great result.