Back To It
July 14, 2016
BACK TO IT
(This is the first offering from William Powell from the Gas Cast team for the 2016/17 season.)
It was fantastic to get back to watching Rovers in their first pre-season friendly on Friday, and I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to such an insignificant match of football in my life.
It’s only been two months since the amazing scenes following our promotion to League One but since then we’ve been forced to watch an uninspiring UEFA European Championships and sit through the endless shower that is England.
In through the Cossham Street turnstile to the smell of freshly cut grass and undercooked fast food, one of life’s greatest.
An entertaining game was played out, the quality wasn’t brilliant and we looked shaky at the back, but 8 goals is never a bad thing, especially for a two pound entry fee.
New winger Byron Moore linked up well with Cristian Montano for our second goal but the best of the night was James Clarke’s first goal for the club, a diving header at the back post.
Ran Brooms’ performance was one of the best and I felt Chris Lines controlled the game from the middle of park when he got into it.
Saturday saw us travel to Salisbury and Darrell fielded a more senior squad at the home of his former employers.
The football played at The Ray Mac Stadium was a lot crisper and sharper than the previous night, the pace of Harrison and Bodin up front saw us create plenty of chances from the off.
We pressed well, kept the ball well on the whole and defended solidly on what little attacks Salisbury did throw at us.
A Harrison penalty thundered down the middle and Ollie Clarke added a second not long afterwards before Bodin completed the scoring in the second half.
Bodin and Broom both played well as did Lockyer, however Puddy’s distribution was not great and A. Trialist at left back looked weak on the ball and reckless in the challenge.
All in all though, a pleasing weekend.
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