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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

11 April 2015

The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs

The Easter weekend couldn’t have gone any better for us, with a Good Friday win against Chester FC and an Easter Monday victory against Kidderminster Harriers.

Our highest attendance of the season, and the highest in the Vanarama Conference this season, saw us score five goals against Chester in what was a comprehensive victory that saw us top the league until a day later when Barnet reclaimed pole position.

It was their turn to kick off early on Monday when they extended their lead to four points, by virtue of their win against Dartford.

That meant that we were under a little bit of pressure before we kicked off against Kidderminster, but it didn’t show as we ran out 3-0 winners thanks to a very powerful performance, particularly in the second half.

Another amazing turnout of Rovers supporters, in excess of 2,600 cheered us on and I’m sure that superb support will be in evidence again today and in our final two league games.

Monday’s results mean that we can finish no lower than third place in the table, but our aim is to go all out to secure the one promotion place available and I know that Darrell and his team really do appreciate the backing they have received from you all this season.

In addition to the backing you are giving the players, I would like to thank you for your support for two other causes last Friday.

As you are aware Prospective MP for Bristol North West, Charlotte Leslie, and some of her colleagues held a collection at the Chester game in aid of the Southmead Project and I would like to thank everyone who gave so generously to a really worthwhile cause.

Thank you, also, for observing the one minute’s applause to honour the memory of local footballer Ben Hiscox, so tragically killed in a freak football accident whilst playing for his local club. Ben was one of the Bristol Rovers family and I know that his own family and friends really appreciated your support.

This afternoon I hope you will show your appreciation for the youngsters from the Foundation Phase of our Academy, who will be introduced to you at half time.

On Monday, at Kidderminster, I met one of those young players, Ben Baxter, who led the team out on to the Aggborough pitch. Ben lives in Droitwich and plays for our U-11 side and, thanks to his parents, travels down to Bristol two nights each week for training and again on Sunday for games.

That’s quite a commitment by Ben and his parents and I know that he and all of the other youngsters here today love being part of the Bristol Rovers setup.

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