The latest from Rovers Chairman Nick HiggsI hope that you all enjoyed a peaceful, and relaxing, Christmas with friends and family and we welcome you all back to The Memorial Stadium for the first of our two home games over the festive period.
The two games played in the build up to Christmas both resulted in wins and victory was achieved through a combination of hard work and skill, backed by some fantastic support.
Against York City we fell behind to a first half goal as the visitors scored with one of only two shots they had on target all afternoon. However we didn't panic and got back on level terms when Jermaine Easter scored with his first touch after coming on as a substitute.
We left it very late to score the winning goal but Matty Taylor popped up in the 91st minute to register his 14th goal of the season to give us three well deserved points.
We followed that up with our seventh away win of the season at Dagenham & Redbridge where I felt we weathered some early pressure from the home side before taking charge of proceedings recording what was, in the end, a comfortable win.
Of some concern, though, were the injuries sustained by Will Puddy, on his first game back after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and Stuart Sinclair. We all hope that both players won't be sidelined for too long and wish them a speedy recovery.
Not for the first time in my programme notes, I have to thank all of you for your support to date. A crowd of almost 7,000 were here for the York game and over 600 Gasheads were at Dagenham & Redbridge, and made up one third of the total attendance. That was a tremendous following on the Saturday before Christmas and really appreciated by Darrell and the team.
Our players have been busy off the pitch as well and all of them attended our Annual Christmas Carol Service at St James Church Lockleaze, when it was pleasing to see the church full, which delighted club chaplain Dave Jeal who, as you know, is a staunch Gashead.
Last Monday we hosted a Christmas lunch at The Memorial Stadium for all of the staff, the players and the management team and it was a pleasure for all of us to be able to take time out from our busy schedules and relax in each other's company, something that we are seldom able to do.
Finally, on behalf of myself and my fellow Directors and all of us at Bristol Rovers Football Club, I would like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year.