Nick on recent form and events
I was very pleased to see us pick up our first away point of the season last Friday at Roots Hall. Although it has taken us slightly longer than we would have liked, it is important that we now continue to build on that performance and start to progress up the league.
Following on from our impressive second half display at Hartlepool, we showed a lot of quality during a close contest with Southend. It was good to see Ryan Brunt and Matt Harrold up front together for the first time, and Harrold topped off a good performance with his second goal of the season.
It was also fantastic to see Seanan Clucas back in the first team squad, following his return to action in the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup. He marked his first game back in the cup with a goal and a trip to A&E to get some staples in his head!
That is typical of Seanan, and as John has said this week, he epitomises everything we are looking for in a player. I am so glad that all his hard work has been rewarded with an earlier than anticipated return to action.
We now have a large amount of competition across the centre of the park, and that will only help us moving forward. As we continue to get people back from injury, we get stronger as a unit every week.
On Wednesday we held a very successful golf day at the Farrington Golf and Country Club. It was a fantastic event, which allowed fans and keen golfers alike to mix with the players and staff at the club.
We had 80 people take part, and we were able to raise some much needed funds for St Peter’s Hospice in memory of our much loved kit man Roger Harding who passed away this summer. We are very proud to be able to support such an amazing local charity, and we would like to thank everyone who took part for their generosity.
We also recently attended the University of the West of England Freshers Fair, where we offered new students a special offer ticket to come and watch six games of football at the Memorial Stadium.
It was a successful day and we signed up a large number of students, keen to come and watch football while away from their home towns. Hopefully we can convert a few of these over the next few years, and they will leave University, not only with a degree, but with a love of Bristol Rovers.
We have played a lot of football on the road over the last month, so I am sure you are all looking forward to the trio of home games in October.
We have yet to lose a league match at home this season, so we hope that we can continue that kind of form and record a few more home wins.
You all have a part to play in that process, and I would encourage as many of you as possible to come on down to the Memorial Stadium over the next month to help support the team and cheer us on to some vital points.