Home Win Keeps Play-off Hopes Alive

April 23, 2006

[image1] Rovers bogey side Boston came to the Mem yesterday looking for a win that might just propel them into the play off mix.

It was only a mathematical possibility, but nevertheless a loyal 81 of their fans made the trip, only to see the home side end any outside possibility they might have had before the final whistle.

Gashead Andy Davies, whose son  Matt was Young Pirates mascot for the game, sent bristolroverssc.co.uk his views on how the game went from where he was standing.

In the match against Boston United, Gas fans were, once again, given a tantalising view of what Bristol Rovers are capable of, instead of the inconsistency that many have become accustomed to, which sadly saw many Gasheads staying away from the memorial stadium on what was a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon.

A somewhat slow start in the opening minutes saw Rovers dominate most of the game with a new up front formation, which I felt sometimes left Junior Agogo without the support to capitalise on several chances. However, a cross from Agogo to Disley in the box in the twenty-sixth minute saw Rovers take a well-deserved lead to the end of the first half.

[image2] In the second period, Rovers continued to keep up the pressure whilst the visitors were largely limited to half chances, though ‘keeper Scott Shearer put in some fine saves to keep the Pilgrims at bay, one of which was at the feet of Joachim.
Unfortunately, a long ball out of defence found former Villa man Joachim again and saw United snatch a goal to bring the scores level.

Rovers started to chase the game again after the goal. A ball over the top from the Rovers defence saw a race between Haldane and Boston defender and captain Ellender.
The visiting captain seemed to have marshalled the ball out of play, but Haldane found a way round the back and Ellender panicked and pulled him down, giving referee Singh no choice but to award a penalty to the home side.

 Despite many of the unpredictable moments Rovers fans have tried to accept this season, most would have put their house on Richard Walker burying the penalty, which he did with consummate ease to give the home side some breathing space.
As the match wore on and Boston started to chase an equaliser, the predictable gaps started to appear at the back and workhorse Craig Disley went on to help seal the Pilgrims defeat when a quick cross to Junior Agogo within minutes of Walker’s Penalty, saw Agogo run clear of Boston’s defence to add the icing to the cake of a good but sometimes hesitant victory.

With just two games to go and the very slimmest of chances of chances remaining for a play off slot, Rovers need to win these last remaining matches. Results elsewhere also mean a loss for play off rivals is also being prayed for by Gasheads still dreaming for the unlikely this season.

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