Bourton Rovers had keeper Simon Flower to thank for two penalty saves as they beat title rivals Adderbury Park on Saturday.

Rovers were missing Connor Teague through suspension and Sam Mattock, Chris Cooper and Chris Mills were all unavailable.

Adderbury sat one place above Bourton having played five more games.

The game started with Rovers dominating possession and creating two clear goal scoring opportunities but Park's keeper pulled off two excellent saves to deny Rovers the dream start.Rovers opened the scoring on 20 minutes when Harry Larner scored with a diving header at the back post.

Another Rovers goal soon followed when Steve Nurse calmly slotted his fifth in two games from close range after Park failed to clear their lines.

Rovers continued to dominate up until half time and were rewarded with a third goal when Josh Fielding picked the ball up 20 yards out and drove the ball into the top corner.

Bourton came out for the second half a bit leggy and unable to play the attractive football they displayed in the opening 45 minutes.

Rovers failed to make it 4-0 in the 65th minute when Fielding missed from close range after excellent work by Larner and Nurse out wide.

Adderbury got into the game when Rovers switched off at a set piece and Park's forward headed home from close range.

Adderbury were then awarded a penalty after a needless tackle by Jake Forster. Rovers keeper Simon Flower pulled off and excellent save to keep Rovers 3 - 1 up.

Rovers then broke away but Alex Winter was unable to finish.

Adderbury were then awarded another penalty when Forster handled on the line and was shown a straight red card.

Adderbury changed their penalty taker but he was denied by another top draw save by Flower who clawed the ball out of the top right hand corner.

The game finished and Rovers collected all three points against their title rivals.

Manager Scott Powles praised his summer signing Simon Flower for two match winning saves.

He said: "I have always been an admirer of Simon and signing him this summer was for moments like this.

"He is a top draw keeper and today he earned us all three points".

Rovers now sit nine points off the top of the table but with four games in hand. Rovers entertain Abingdon Utd this coming Saturday in another tough game as Abingdon currently sit in third place.