Hatters Match Preview
February 18, 2006
After last Saturday’s visit to Darlington and a fighting second half display from our boys, ruined only by a poor refereeing decison to gift the home side a penalty and a share of the spoils, expectations for Tuesday night’s match at home to Cheltenham were high, as it offered an opportunity for Rovers to climb into the play off zone for the first time this season.
Sadly, what followed was a disappointing showing from both sides, with the match eventually being decided by a soft goal which went under Scott Shearer as he dived to save a tame shot.
Today we face the Hatters, a Stockport County side which have fallen through the leagues to very close to the danger zone of league 2 and currently staring the conference in the face.
When we played at Edgeley Park back in December, the match was a largely scrappy affair decided by a dubious penalty giving Rovers all three points. Stockport have since lost one of their bright prospects, Jermaine Easter, recent target for our red cousins over the river, though have recruited well in the transfer window and started to hit a bit of form lately.
Up at Edgeley Park, a few of us entered their half time draw, thinking a good prize of some cash would be a welcome boost in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Amongst all those present, it was our very own Ian Pugh who won and instead of cash he was offered one of their player’s shirts from the night game. Aah, so that’s why the draw was called ‘The shirt off their backs’!
It was decided to choose the shirt from Jermaine Easter, but sadly, their manager that night was so angry with his team he locked them in the dressing room, so the shirt had to be sent on. As you can see it was duly signed by the player, so despite City looking to hire him, it was Rovers who actually got his signature!
Despite Stockport’s lowly position in league 2 their form over recent weeks has been improving so they should not be under-estimated today. That said, despite Rover’s recent form, the Gas are odds on favourites to take all the points today, and if a serious challenge for the play offs is to be maintained then we must win games like these. As fans, it’s our job to get behind the team and do all we can to help them achieve this.