August 27, 2018
These notes were penned before last Tuesday evening’s tough home match against high-flying Portsmouth when I hope that our lad’s improvement with successive wins over Crawley and Wycombe was continued. It’s early days yet of course but I’m sure that ‘Pompey’, with their massive support and an improved financial position, are going to be one of the favourites for promotion back to the Championship.
Rovers’ own hopes of League success look a little better to me having witnessed last Saturday how much better the new signings are fitting in with last year’s squad after a shaky start and a couple of defeats. But then, don’t we always lose our opening game and rarely get a sniff at London Road? As for Accrington, well, seven consecutive single-goal defeats to the Lancastrians says it all. I can’t wait for our next visit to the ‘Wham’ Stadium in January. We must get something up there one day surely?
Referring back to last Saturday I was most impressed with Stefan Payne who held the ball up so well and it was great to see Liam Sercombe and ‘Locks’ back to top form although most every team member played well. We can’t help letting a goal in it seems although I felt the referee played quite a part in Wycombe scoring to set up a tense finish when Rovers should really have been out of sight by then. Let’s hope we were the first to take something off of ‘Pompey’!
Today of course we welcome back old friends and rivals in the shape of Southend United against who we always seem to have close encounters. It’s bound to be another tough match so please get behind the boys in blue and cheer them on to a valuable trio of points!