Nathan Bees gives u his take on the start of the season.
The opening day of the season has been and gone and Rovers are preparing to face their third league game in the space of 7 days with a trip to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.
The best way to describe our performances so far is ‘mixed’ - we had a lot of the ball against Oxford but couldn’t make it count whilst a much more penetrative second half showing at Barnet earned us a deserved equaliser and a share of the spoils.
It should be a timely confidence boost for the players as we embark on a busy couple of weeks in both League Two and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy. One thing’s for sure, our first 3 point haul of the year would be the perfect start to a triple header of home games.
Something has remained constant though in our inconsistent performances so far; our support. As opposing teams come to expect from Gasheads on trips to the Mem, the noise generated from home quarters is loud, proud and difficult to overcome.
That could be an important asset for us over the course of this year because if we can make the Mem a cauldron and intimidate visiting teams we give ourselves a great chance of winning matches.
Our travelling support looks like it will continue in a similar vain to previous seasons, with good numbers making themselves heard across the country every other week.
Hopefully a large and vociferous army of Gasheads will roar the players on to victory at Adams Park tomorrow afternoon, just like they did in our last visit to Wycombe when we won 6-3 in the JPT! I wonder what the odds are on a repeat scoreline...?
It’s always exciting when August comes around and you get to see the club’s new players in action competitively for the first time and its a novelty that doesn’t wear off for a fair while.
We’ve seen Oliver Norburn, Seanan Clucas, Matt Lund, Sam Walker, Garry Kenneth, Fabian Broghammer, David Clarkson and, most recently, Tom Parkes link up with the club and they are all hoping to make an impact this term.
All but one have already made their debuts and will be hoping to develop some consistency in the games ahead to cement a place in the first team.
Unfortunately for Kenneth however he’s been plagued with niggling injuries since signing and looks set to be out of action for at least a month, delaying his first appearance until the end of September at the earliest.
When he returns and the rest of the players have settled in there is enough quality in the side for us to be optimistic of a successful season.
Until we get to that stage you can be certain Mark McGhee and the coaching staff will be working tirelessly to pick up points in every game to put us in a strong position as we approach autumn.
So after Wycombe, Rovers face Morecambe and Aldershot in League Two with the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game against Yeovil Town sandwiched in between.
Hopefully supporters without a season ticket will take advantage of the great offers Rovers are running where a ticket bought for the Aldershot game will allow them to buy a ticket for Morecambe at half-price.
Alongside that there will be reduced admission prices for the Yeovil game (including quid a kid) to entice as many Gasheads along as possible as we begin on the road to Wembley - that’s the dream anyway. We can be the difference as the team’s 12th man, don’t underestimate the part you can play.
The season is up and running and the games are coming thick and fast. After a summer without footballing-Saturdays, this is what weekends are all about.
Hopefully we can kickstart our campaign and register our first win tomorrow afternoon. I wish the Gasheads making the trip a safe and fruitful trip!
Up the Gas!