The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman, Nick HiggsLast weekend’s results, I think, means that the field of contenders for the Vanarama Conference title is now down to three; Barnet, Grimsby and ourselves.
I suspect that all of us went through the whole range of emotions before, during and after our game at Macclesfield in which we gained a hard earned point against a determined and well organised home side.
The point wasn’t, of course, enough to send us back to the top of the table and once our game had finished we turned our attention to the games at Welling and Alfreton where Grimsby and Barnet were in action.
While Grimsby won comfortably and edged past us on goal difference, it looked as though Barnet would move three points clear after they had taken the lead at Alfreton. However their hosts had other ideas and equalised deep into stoppage time which means that just one point separates the three sides chasing the title.
Easter weekend, traditionally, is a time when promotion and relegation issues become a lot clearer but as far as this league is concerned it looks as though the one automatic promotion spot may not be decided until the final day of the campaign.
We are all delighted to be in the mix for a swift return to the Football League and, as I have said many times this season, your support has been crucial.
Our average home attendance of 6,245 is the envy of many clubs in this league and Leagues One and Two, while our average away attendance of 764 is truly outstanding for this level and I would like to thank you all for your backing.
I couldn’t help but notice that many of you sported T shirts as a protest against Sainsbury’s regarding the sale of the Memorial Stadium last Saturday, and whilst it would be wrong of me to endorse that protest I thank you all for your support as we attempt to move our club forward.
The news that our former striker, Eliot Richards, is suffering from testicular cancer came as quite a shock to us all this week and, on behalf of everyone at the club, I would like to send him our very best wishes as he undergoes surgery and treatment to overcome this illness.
I would like to remind you that this afternoon’s collection is for the Southmead Project, a very worthwhile cause supported by Prospective MP for Bristol North West Charlotte Leslie.
Charlotte has been incredibly supportive of our attempts to relocate to UWE and it’s a pleasure to be able to help her fundraising efforts for a project that’s close to her heart. Please give generously today.