Fans Eye View – From The MCE Stand

October 8, 2005

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Rather unusally, last night saw Gasheads heading for the Mem in numbers. Unusual because it was Friday night and unusual too because Paul Trollope’s team seems to be putting a spring into the step again for Rovers fans.

Last week’s awayday to Carlisle brought a deserved three points to Rovers and the prospect of a win putting the Gas into 8th place in the league last night brought renewed optimism.

A good crowd of very nearly 7000 proved we are starting to move in the right direction, and it was pleasing to see Trollope receive warm applause from the home crowd on his way over to the bench. [image2]

Sadly, Rovers just couldn’t get going last night against a strong Northampton side. It looks like we are nervous at home and as a result, Shearer was called upon early to make a smart save from Eoin Jess. Jess then had another opportunity which somehow the Rovers defence managed to keep out. Rowson then went close with a shot just over the bar.

As Rovers gathered confidence they started to play forwards themselves, and in a move where Carruthers and Ryan combined, Rovers went close with a header from Carruthers which went just wide of the keepers upright.

[image3]Rovers continued to battle with Northampton enjoying good posession but not really making it count. From a corner, a smart over shoulder shot from Elliott went close with the visiting keeper able to only watch while he was wrong footed. Soon after, Agogo did well to beat two men but sadly shot straight at the keeper. As the ball bounced out of the area, Carruthers, who was following up, hit a scorching first time shot which somehow Harper was able to smuggle over the bar, albeit with some help from the post.

After the interval, Rovers came out with all guns blazing and quickened the pace of the game. It was apparent Rovers were missing the injured Ali Gibb and the returned Ryan Williams, who suffered a knee injury in the reserves at Cheltenham on Tuesday, as Disley looked uncomfortable on the right wing.

The second half just continued to be a battle where neither side seemed capable of breaking down each other’s defence and both Walker and Agogo were kept relatively quiet by a well organised Cobblers defence. [image4]

All things considered, whilst most were hoping for a home win, in view of what unfolded on the night most Gasheads were happy to take a point against a team we would probably have folded against not so long ago. On the night, a lot of Rovers passing went astray in the midfield, and this put the team under more pressure than was neccessary. It is certainly something Trollope will ensure they work hard to eradicate during this week’s training. Thomas Williams was last night’s Young Pirates mascot.

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