Older Gasheads fondly remember Saturday, 1st December 1973 when both Alan Warboys and Bruce Bannister hit hat-tricks as Rovers recorded an 8-2 victory in front of the tv cameras at Brighton. This is the only time in Rovers 136 year history that two players have scored a hat-trick in the same game.
It only took the recently formed Gas Girls two games to repeat the achievement. Both Hannah Thompson and Jen Atherton helped themselves to a hat-trick as the girls won 8-1 at Longlevens Ladies on Sunday, with Jasmine Bull and Rossanna Rocha completing the scoring. This was despite coach Nathan Hallett-Young having to shuffle the pack due to the unavailability of skipper Natty Coles and right-winger Libby Bell. Hannah says, “it was great to get more goals as a team and I’m hoping these great results can continue and hopefully keep building the goals and the wins!”
Speaking to the Supporters Club a delighted Nathan said, “Naturally I’m delighted with our performance and our attitude on Sunday, especially in really hot conditions. Despite missing a few players due to a couple of injuries and availability, I’m thrilled to see that we have a squad that’s capable of performing when needed. There were so many stand out performances for us again. Jamie-Leigh Worlock has an engine that simply doesn’t stop, Hannah Thompson and Jen Atherton were ruthless in the final third and our back four were solid throughout. Jasmine Bull was excellent on Sunday, due to her energy, positioning and awareness on and off the ball. She fully deserves her ‘Player of the Match’ award.”
Community Trust Chairman Ken Masters says, ” We are delighted with the start made by our Bristol Rovers Women’s and Girl’s Teams. The start-up from scratch has taken a good amount of hard work over the spring and summer months. Very well done to the players and thank you to the staff, coaches and volunteers for a dedicated and professional approach. Thank you also to supporters who have taken a special interest on match days. We look forward to continuing and growing support at the Lockleaze Community Sports Centre on Sunday afternoons throughout the season.”
Our Development side kept up their 100% start to the season with a 1-0 victory over Cheltenham Civil Service in their opening home fixture at Lockleaze Sports Centre. Jess Lumber scored the only goal of a game marred by a broken leg suffered by Zoe Fielden-Stewart. We understand that Zoe has undergone a successful operation and has been discharged fron hospital. Everyone at the Supporters Club sends their best wishes to Zoe for a speedy recovery.
Both sides are back in action this Sunday with our first team playing an away fixture against Bristol Ladies Union (Youth) at Combe Dingle Sports Complex and our Development side playing at Dursley Town Ladies.
Bristol Rovers Supporters Club are proud sponsors of the Gas Girls.