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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

11 December 2014

It's been an eventful two weeks since our last home game, against Welling United, when we deservedly ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Nathan Blissett and Matty Taylor.

Three days later we travelled to Wrexham and came away with a hard earned point, though it came at a cost as two of our players sustained serious injuries.  

Lyle Dell-Verde suffered ankle ligament damage on the same day he had signed an extension to his loan deal and he has since returned to his parent club, Fulham, where he will complete his rehabilitation programme before resuming his career.

Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall picked up a knee injury in that game and he also faces a fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines. Skipper Mark McChrystal was an unexpected replacement in goal and he went on to perform admirably and kept a clean sheet.

As a result of Steve's injury we were given special dispensation by the Vanarama Conference authorities to sign another goalkeeper in an emergency loan deal and Notts County's Fabian Spiess arrived at the club last Friday and I would like to thank all parties for sanctioning the deal.

Fabian went straight into the side on Saturday when we faced Welling United for the second time in a week and he did very well, keeping a clean sheet, as we gained another valuable point and moved up to second place in the league standings.

Tuesday night's league results went in our favour and we remain in that position as we take a break from league action and face Bath City in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Our visitors will always have a special place in our history as they allowed us to share their Twerton Park stadium for ten years whilst we sought a new home back in Bristol and it will be a pleasure to welcome everyone associated with the Romans to the Memorial Stadium.

I would like to remind you of a very special fund raising evening being held at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday when Bristol Rovers supporters host a quiz night to raise funds for Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft, who has bilateral spastic cerebral palsy.

He is unable to sit, stand or walk independently, but his family are hoping to raise £50,000 to enable him to undergo surgery, known as SDR, which could change things quite dramatically for him.

Last Saturday the number of Rovers supporters at Welling outnumbered the home fans, a great achievement, and I would like to thank everyone who travelled to Park View Road.

We return to league action next Friday evening when we entertain Gateshead, a crucial game given that they are one of our main rivals for a play off place and have reached the third round of the FA Cup. Kick off is 7.45pm and I hope as many of you as possible will be at the Memorial Stadium for what might be regarded as a 'six pointer' ahead of the hectic festive period.


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