Jim’s Jottings

January 15, 2015

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Thanks to the postponement of our next scheduled home fixture against Braintree, who remain involved in the F.A. Trophy, it will be no less than six weeks since the programme contributors last wrote an article for the ‘Pirate’.

Consequently I was about to put ‘pen-to-paper’ on this occasional column a few days ago only to find that Ken Masters had beaten me to it and said just about everything that I was intending to reflect on! Never mind, I guess it’s better to communicate twice over to our membership rather than not at all.

I have to say how pleased I am with Darrell Clarke’s latest two signings, Jermaine Easter and Adam Dawson, both of whom I’m sure will add even further to a squad clearly playing at their best over the hectic five-match holiday period.

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Some people were saying at the start of the season that ‘DC’ was not the man for such a big club as Rovers and had no contacts so would not be able to bring the players required for us to regain our League status. Well I think he has more than answered both those criticisms and I can’t wait to see Jermaine and Adam in action at Woking on Saturday. Second in the table and two new quality players to come in will do for me at the moment.

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The only opportunity to see a team in the famous quarters since New Year’s Day at the Memorial Stadium was to have been the final home South West Youth Alliance between Rovers and Portsmouth last Saturday but that game was postponed due to the threat of bad weather.

We understand now from Under-18’s Manager, Alan Walsh, that we will be trying again at the ‘Mem’ on Saturday week, the date set-aside for the Braintree match, so there is another opportunity for those of you unable to travel away to come along and give our lads a cheer.

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The final league positions from the first half of the season dictate who and where Rovers will play in the second half of a revamped Alliance that gives a chance for our lads to play clubs from outside the South West region. Provided the Portsmouth game gets the ‘go-ahead’ we hope to be up at the ‘Mem’ selling a few 50/50 tickets so you might be able to win a few quid and make a contribution to the Academy at the same time. Hopefully we’ll see you there.

Rumour has it that the best supported team in the Vanarama Conference will have another great turn-out in Surrey on Saturday. Let’s hope we come back with all three points again.

Up the Pirates!

Jim Chappell.

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