Season Review

June 3, 2015

Excellent Review of The 2014/15 season by James McNamara in the Bristol Post.

Best goal: Ellis Harrison’s last-gasp goal to secure a 3-2 victory at Lincoln City back in September. After coming off the bench, Harrison took Lee Brown’s long cross-field ball out of the air with a neat touch on the right-hand side of the penalty area before aiming a low shot past the goalkeeper into the opposite corner. The goal Chris Lines scored against Forest Green Rovers in the second-leg of the play-off semi-final at the Memorial Stadium was pretty good, too, while Ollie Clarke also deserves mention for some fine long-range efforts.

Player of the season: Tom Parkes swept the boards in terms of official awards and was certainly a deserving winner after knuckling down to enjoy a season of renaissance. For me, though, Ellis Harrison was the standout simply for the amount of important goals he scored that either turned draws into wins or defeats into draws. Experienced a bit of second-season-syndrome last year that left many to question whether his career would be short-lived. Fiercely criticised by Darrell Clarke at the end of last season, Harrison has turned the situation around to first become a ‘super-sub’ before nailing down a place in the side towards the end of the campaign. Scoring the equalising goal at Wembley was a fitting way for him to end a fantastic season. Has all the physical and athletic attributes to play at a higher level and is up there with Jermaine Easter as the most clinical finisher at the club in my opinion.

Signing of the season: You could pick any one from three of Andy Monkhouse, Matty Taylor or Lee Mansell. All three have played integral roles in helping Rovers make a return to the Football League at the first time of asking. The addition of Chris Lines on loan towards the end of the season also served to help Rovers make it over the line.

Funniest moment of the season: Watching Mark McChrystal deliver and inch-perfect deliciously curled cross from out on the left flank to offer Matty Taylor the opportunity to score one of the goals in a 7-0 demolition of Alfreton Town on the final day of the regular season. I didn’t think ‘Macca’ had it in the locker!

Most memorable moment: Has to be Lee Mansell’s penalty kick to secure promotion at Wembley doesn’t it? The performance by the team away at Grimsby Town and seeing loads of fans locked out at Woking also spring to mind. As does an afternoon in the slashing rain in a roofless press box at Dartford. The freezing temperatures at Nuneaton in January will also be hard to forget.

Player to watch next season: Jermaine Easter – Injury meant his contribution was limited this season. Did play well in a game against Aldershot in January and I would hope to see big things from him next season.

One wish for next season: A mild winter.

Player of the season from another club: The Woking midfielder Josh Payne was particularly impressive I thought. I saw a lot of him when he was on loan to Cheltenham from West Ham United some years back when he was tipped for a bright future in the game. His career has stalled since, but I notice he has signed for Eastleigh recently and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make a return to the Football League at some point in the future.

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