Pirates v Spitfires

March 3, 2015

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(This is a section of Jim’s Jottings taken from the Eastleigh Pirate Programme.  The full article is published in the BRSC News pages in the Pirate Programme against Eastleigh on 07/03/2015.)

Today we face another vital home game following on from a run of five successive wins. The latest victory was of course secured last Saturday on our longest trip of the season. To have nearly 7oo ‘Gasheads’ up at the International Stadium was brilliant and I’m sure that the players appreciated the vocal support.

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A happy group of supporters who made the long trek to the North East and were fortunate enough to travel back in high spirits.

The game itself followed a familiar pattern of late, especially on our travels, as Rovers took some time to get into it with Gateshead making all the early running aided by a strong wind in their favour. Our back four have been superb all season and they were fully stretched as the ‘Heed’ tried desperately to get in front.

It was great to have the ‘Bearded Wonder’ back but regrettably it was not to last long as he fell over the top of an opponent. Stuart looked to have sustained another bad injury and sadly had to be carried off.

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Stuart Sinclair was as competitive as ever on his return from injury but unfortunately this incident has seen him out again.

I thought that loanee Adam Dawson was unlucky to have lost his place for Stuart and his early reappearance gave Rovers greater forward momentum. It was no surprise when ‘super-sub’ Ellis Harrison again rose from the bench to cleverly lob the ‘Heed’ ‘keeper and secure Rovers another three vital points.

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Ellis Harrison is preparing to coolly lob the Heed goal minder to score the decisive goal.

I’m sure we are in for another very tough afternoon when we welcome high-spending Eastleigh on their first visit to Horfield. It was a hard night in Hampshire back at the end of September when ten-man Rovers fought back to earn a point in front of a then record crowd at the Silverlake Stadium. The ‘Spitfires’ will be looking for three points this afternoon to boost their play-off prospects so I expect another tough match.

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Steve Mildenhall will be hoping to remain on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in this key home fixture against Eastleigh.

I am pleased to confirm that the BRSC Executive Committee have now finalised the sale of our club shop at 199 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood.  We are now tenants of the new owner with whom we have had a good relationship during our negotiations.  We will keep members advised through our e-newsletter, on our website as well as in this column so please make sure that we have your up-to-date e-mail address.

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The BRSC shop at 199 Two Mile Hill Road will be shut at various times in the weeks ahead. Check the latest news on the website.

The boys in quarters need your support if we are to regain League status so please get behind them as usual.

Up the Gas!

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Jim Chappell.

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