Silk Men To See Out Season At Mem

May 4, 2006

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Saturday sees Macclesfield Town visit the Mem for our final match of the current campaign. With both Rovers and the Silkmen now safe, it is a bit of a nothing match, and offers an opportunity to reflect on a season of what might have been. Rovers bosses Trollope and Lawrence will be keen to win though to finish the season as high up the table as possible. 

For much of the second half of the season, Rovers have pushed hard, trying to get into the playoff places. For all the effort, we never quite managed to get into the top seven and a crucial time for us which probably killed off the season was Agogo’s suspension. One moment of madness at Peterborough and he is suspended for three games at our most crucial period of the season. That said, over the season we lost and drew games we really should have had in the bag and let slip with solitary mistakes. It is all character building though and in the long run makes people all the stronger for experiencing it.

On paper, we had three relatively comfortable matches to play without him, Notts County, Oxford and Shrewsbury. Many expected to get 6 points out of that lot, but the team missed Agogo and failed to score and lost to County at home and then at both Oxford and Shrewsbury. It was a disaster of epic proportions and to all intents and purposes our season ended there, or so we thought.

We really did look to be out of it at last, but  despite our poor form, all the teams around us were also stuttering and allowing us back into the mix. It was incredible, we had collected just one point from the last six matches up to the Shrews game, yet we were still in ninth place and just a couple of points off the play off zone.

Despite going on to a good home win against Mansfield and following it up with a great display away at Wycombe, it all fell apart against a well organised Rushden team the week after, with them taking all the points with a late goal. A draw against Carlisle kept faint hopes alive and then an early goal conceded at Wrexham pretty much finished the job, despite mathematical possibilities.

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We now look to build for next season after a well earned break from Rovers. Well, I say break, but of course all eyes will be on England (or in my case Holland) and new coach Steve McLaren, hoping he can perform some kind of miracle now it seems Rooney may play no part in the world cup after his foot injury last week. Interesting stuff and we wait with baited breath for the start of the competition.

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