Nick on FA Cup and league action.
I am sure you will all agree that last Friday’s Cup game against York epitomised all that is good about the FA Cup.
It was an exciting, open and competitive game, with both teams keen to find themselves in the hat for the second round. It was fantastic to see three of our strikers get on the score sheet, and I am sure this is a sign of what’s to come.
I was particularly pleased to see Matt Harrold back out on the pitch, and he made a instant impact on the game, scoring with his first touch and making Rovers a more dangerous prospect going forward.
Although we were all disappointed not to go through out-right, the important thing is we are still in the cup, and face a trip to York on Tuesday.
If we can play like we did last Friday, then I see no reason why we cannot progress through to meet Crawley at the Memorial Stadium in the second round.
It is great to be handed another home tie, as it means we will have the advantage of another fantastic, passionate crowd like the one we saw here last week if we can get through on Tuesday.
I am pleased to report that Charlotte Leslie’s Bristol Is Not Trash petition is still gathering momentum. Our fantastic volunteers handed out more petitions at Friday’s game, and we hope that plenty of these will be handed back in this weekend.
As I have said, it is not just about our stadium, it is about the progress of the entire city. Your help has been invaluable, as we try to progress things along, not just for the stadium redevelopment, but for Bristol as a whole.
This weekend we turn our attentions back to the league. Although the cup competitions are a fun distraction, it is the league that is the most important for us.
We have made steady progress over the last few weeks, and if we can combine the defensive strength we showed against Oxford and Chesterfield, with the attacking prowess on display in the cup, then we should be in for a good performance this afternoon.
I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage all our supporters to get behind our Community Trust in their bid to win a People’s Millions Lottery Grant.
You will be able to read lots about the project and how you can help on our website and social media outlets, so make sure you find out exactly how you can vote for Fans4Life on Monday, November 25th.
It is a great project which aims to improve health & well-being through education and exercise, and could help 10,000 sports fans and their families change their lives.