Improving Form Impresses Gasheads

December 14, 2005

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Following on from Rovers recent improved form on the road, despite losing the FA Cup replay to Port Vale last night, Rovers fans went home happy and upbeat at the team’s performance which gives real grounds for optimism.

The home side were comfortable last night until the 22nd minute when a cross came in and fell nicely for Vale number 17 Chris Birchell who forced home a deflected shot to give the visitors the lead against the run of play.

Try as they might, Rovers just couldn’t find an equaliser, despite going close several times in the second half. Both Walker and Agogo had shots on the turn which brought quality saves from the Vale keeper Goodlad, Elliott saw a headed effort hit the bar and Campbell had a goal bound shot cleared off the line in an action packed second half which was in the main dominated by the home side, but with all these efforts going so close with no result, as the game wore on it just felt like it wasn’t going to be our night.

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After the win against Barnet at the last home fixture back in November, Rovers faced Port Vale in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. We came away on a wet Friday night from Vale Park with a creditable draw and were unlucky not to progress to the 3rd round at the first attempt on the night with the home side forcing the replay with a defelcted shot 3 minutes from time. An excellent away attendance of 526 Gasheads cheered the team on that night and out sung the home fans all night with most agreeing they didn’t deserve a second bite at the cherry.

Following on from that match,a strong defensive performance, coupled with a penalty for us got us the win against Stockport at Edgeley Park on the following Tuesday night. We followed this match with another road trip to Blundell Park and second in the table Grimsby. Despite the form book heavily backing the home side, Rovers took the points through a deflected goal from Chris Carruthers, giving Rovers a run of three league wins.

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This Saturday sees Rovers in home action again, this time entertaining Torquay, a team struggling in the relegation zone of League 2. Form says we should beat them and look forward to another home tie on Boxing day against Shrewsbury. A fourth win would give Rovers their best form for quite some time, almost 6 years in fact, so we hope to see you all there helping the players to believe they can do it. A win this week sets us all up for a Christmas in form and unbeaten and helps maintain our position of looking up the table rather than looking over our shoulder at the teams below us.

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