The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick HiggsAt last we have a home game to look forward to this weekend, as we take on Lincoln City in what is only our second home game of 2015.
Having played so many games in the first half of the season and then playing five times in just over a fortnight during the festive period, it has seemed a little bit strange to have had two blank Saturdays already this year.
Three consecutive away games have yielded a total of five points, which has not only seen us move up into second place in the Vanarama Conference, but also extend our magnificent league run to one defeat in only 25 games.
The latest game in that sequence came last Saturday at Dartford, a game that was played in very difficult conditions. I did wonder, when I first arrived at the ground, if the game would go ahead as conditions were, to put it mildly, dreadful!
Whilst not at our best, I felt we should have returned to Bristol with all three points and it was disappointing that we surrendered the lead very quickly on two occasions.
It was disappointing, also, to lose Jermaine Easter with a knee injury so early in the game and I hope that he makes a speedy recovery. Jermaine arrived at the club last month, along with Adam Dawson who made his Rovers debut last Saturday.
Given the injuries to Jermaine, Stuart Sinclair and Ollie Clarke, we felt it was imperative to add another player to the squad and Darrell signed Josh Wakefield on loan from AFC Bournemouth on Monday.
I would like to congratulate Tom Parkes and Lee Brown on their selection for the England ‘C’ squad, who take on Cyprus U-21 team on 17th February and to Matty Taylor, who is in the standby squad for that game. To have players called up for international duty, at any level, reflects well on our club and the hard work being put in behind the scenes by managerial staff and players alike.
Off the pitch, congratulations are also in order for our programme team who have picked up their second award of the season, being named as Non League Programme of the Year by the Programme Magazine Independent View.
This afternoon the family of Alfie Biggs, who is fondly remembered by a generation of Bristol Rovers supporters, will be here to accept the Harry Bamford Trophy. Alfie was one of those players who can rightly be regarded as a Rovers legend and his family can be very proud of his achievements for this football club.
It will be a pleasure to present the trophy and to meet his family and I know you will give them all a very warm welcome.