Jim’s Jottings

December 10, 2014

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(This is an abridged version of the views of the BRSC Chair’s articles in future┬áPIRATE programmes.)

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Welcome all to what promises to be an interesting and exciting local ‘derby’ between Rovers and their former landlords.

Of all the places the ‘Pirates’ and the ‘Romans’ could be visiting this afternoon, anywhere south of a line from the Wash to the Severn, how much better it is for us to be in cup action against our nearest rivals and everyone knows where to go in the event of a replay!

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Hopefully from our point of view that won’t be necessary but the thrill of every knock-out cup competition is that it all happens on the day so shocks can and do happen and let’s hope Rovers are not victims of one this afternoon!

It was clear from the players’ reactions at the final whistle that they were equally frustrated and certainly there was no lack of effort from any of them throughout another exciting encounter, unfortunately the vital goal that would have given us another two points just would not come!

As I’ve said here before I will never criticise players who are giving everything and I’m sure that was the case last Saturday. Let’s hope similar efforts will bring us all the points in another very important game here next Friday evening!

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Meantime, a warm if belated welcome to all the new signings and best wishes for prompt recoveries to all the recent injury victims.

In theory at least the F.A. Trophy is a cup competition that should be won by a top Conference club and Rovers are certainly in that category so please get behind the boys in blue this afternoon and let’s get some welcome silverware in the Boardroom cabinet.

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Up the Pirates!

Jim Chappell.

(To read more of the article go to the Supporters Club News in the Bath City and Gateshead programmes.)

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