League 2 Review
August 5, 2015
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This is Nick’s section on BRFC.
In: Jay Malpas (MF, Academy), Tyler Lyttle (RB, Academy), Kieran Preston (GK, Academy), Ryan Broom (MF, Academy), James Clarke (DF), Cristian Montano (W/ST), Chris Lines (MF).
Out: Abdul Bell-Baggie (W), Andy Monkhouse (MF), Angelo Balanta (W), Neal Trotman (DF), Aaron Ward-Baptiste (ST).
Hotter on the heels of Barnet than the taxman was of Southend United last season, Bristol Rovers finished a point behind Martin Allen’s side in the league table.
But with momentum on their side, victories over Forest Green and Grimsby Town in the play-offs followed to send the Gas back to whence they came, ending a single year of non-league exile.
Rovers return to the league with renewed hope and a manager that has shown a genuine care and passion for the club, both in promotion and relegation.
Furthermore, Clarke has opted to retain the majority of his squad, with just three incomings and three outgoings over the summer so far.
If the Gas can continue their home form and the recent goalscoring exploits of Ellis Harrison, whilst addressing an away record (2 wins) which proved their undoing during their League Two relegation campaign; they should be looking at a lower mid-table finish.
What the fan says: @LucyRovers: This season marks my football team, Bristol Rovers, being back in the Football League at first time of asking, making us the only side in the last 10 years to immediately bounce back.
In spite of last season’s success, Darrel Clarke doesn’t want us to stop here. He wants a top 7 finish from the squad and I think with a few more signings, it’s perfectly possible.
Personally, I’d be happy with a top half finish in our first season back, but a player-off push certainly isn’t out of the question just yet. Our young player to look out for is Ellis Harrison.
He was our standout performer in the second half of the season, scoring key goals including the equaliser against Grimsby at Wembley. Rewind to a year ago and he was on the transfer list but with DC’s guidance, he’s worked hard and matured into a player with bags of potential. I can’t wait for the season to start now, come on you Blues!
With many thanks to :- Nick Murphy