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Marcus Stewart reflects on win against Gloucester City

21 October 2014


Marcus Stewart saw his side beat Gloucester City at the Memorial Stadium tonight, thanks to goals from Harry and Jamie White.

Their goals Saw Rovers overturn a one goal deficit and go through to the next round of the Gloucestershire FA Challenge Cup where they now face a home tie against Cirencester Town.

“I think we grew into the game after a little bit of an indifferent first half, where we didn’t quite get things right,” said Marcus.

“We spoke about things at half time and made a couple of changes which made a big difference.”

His side scored twice in the space of a minute, the second from Jamie White proving to be the winner.

“It was a typical poacher’s effort from Jamie, and it was great to see him get off the mark with his first goal for the club. He’s a box player and I was really pleased for him and he will be relieved to score with that near post header.”

Skipper Mark McChrystal led by example; “He was outstanding and led the team very well. He’s a captain, and acts like one. It’s been a frustrating time for him recently but there is no faulting his attitude even 
though he’s not in the first team at the moment.

“I can honestly say that the senior pros we had at the club last season wouldn’t have put in a performance the same as those players we had out there tonight.

“We didn’t have that kind of leadership around the place and our younger players will have benefitted from playing with the likes of Mark tonight.”

The two half time substitutes, Lewis Ellington and Harry White will be new names to Rovers supporters.

“Lewis is only 15 and is an Academy player who only made his debut for the U-18 side a couple of weeks ago, at Bournemouth. He’s from Whitchurch, my neck of the woods, and it’s first time I’ve seen him play. 
He appeared to be quite confident and he coped very well in the 45 minutes he was on.

“Harry came in on trial with us yesterday and scored the opening goal tonight with a powerful header from a corner and he did very well. He plays for Banbury United, but we will certainly be taking another look at him.

“Overall, it was a satisfying night’s work. I was pleased we came from behind to win the game, I’ve seen one or two lads I’ve not seen before and our senior players were a credit to the club.”


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