Some You Win…..

February 7, 2016

Can Stanley Ever Be Beaten?

Tom Parkes of Bristol Rovers challenges Brad Halliday of Accrington Stanley - Mandatory byline: Matt McNulty/JMP - 30/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - Crown Ground - Accrington, England - Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers - Sky Bet League Two

Tom Parkes of Bristol Rovers challenges Brad Halliday of Accrington Stanley

(This is a section of Jim’s Jottings that were included in the AFC Wimbledon programme.)

Why are certain clubs almost impossible to beat; regardless of the respective positions of the teams?

Take for example our neighbours who seem to never have a problem in defeating Middlesbrough.

This weird affliction seems to affect all clubs and Rovers are no exception.

We have a good record at the Kassam and it came as no surprise to me when we snatched the points.

Conversely we always struggle here against Plymouth whilst having a good recent record at Home Park.

So it was that Rovers conceded a very late equaliser after getting in front and two points went begging.

It has to be said that Argyle didn’t really deserve to get beaten in an enthralling end-to-end game.

But, if ever Rovers faced their ‘nemesis’ then that has to be at the Crown Ground/Wham Stadium.

 

Bristol Rovers wall jump to block a free kick - Mandatory byline: Matt McNulty/JMP - 30/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - Crown Ground - Accrington, England - Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers - Sky Bet League Two

Bristol Rovers players Liam Lawrence, Lee Mansell and Rory Gaffney jump to block a free kick in the match against Accrington Stanley.

I saw Rovers gain our only point there in the 2006/7 season when we conceded a last-minute equaliser.

Since that day it has been defeats and last Saturday was no exception as a cross crept inside the post.

It was again one of those days in terrible conditions with biting hailstorms sweeping down the pitch.

Whilst I guess no Rovers fan enjoyed last Saturday’s long trip north some had a worse day than others.

One of our volunteers, Leanne Hawkins, suffered a nasty fall when leaving the Supporters Club coach.

An ambulance was called to take Leanne to Southmead Hospital and she has suffered ligament damage.

Hopefully Leanne will soon be back selling 50/50 tickets in the Bristol Room.

The Committee would like to thank Sam Parsons, who stayed with her, whilst waiting for the ambulance.

Many thanks also to Sheila Gulwell who went with Leanne to the hospital.

Rory Fallon of Bristol Rovers wins a header - Mandatory byline: Matt McNulty/JMP - 30/01/2016 - FOOTBALL - Crown Ground - Accrington, England - Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers - Sky Bet League Two

Rory Fallon of Bristol Rovers wins a header against Accrington Stanley at The Wham Stadium

New signing Rory Fallon is warmly welcomed to Bristol Rovers.

Up the Pirates.

Jim Chappell.

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