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CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

8 November 2015

The latest from Bristol Rovers Chairman Nick Higgs

A 4-1 defeat at the hands of Newport County in our last home match had me reaching for the record books, as I couldn't recall the last time we had conceded four goals in a game at The Mem.

It was, in fact, back in February 2011 when we lost 4-2 against Brighton and Hove Albion The match against Newport was, in my opinion, just one of those games where we were punished for our mistakes. There was certainly no cause to push the panic button as it was our first defeat in six games.

The key to any successful side is how they recover from setbacks and Darrell and his players did that in style last weekend when they travelled to Cambridge and returned home with all three points following a 2-1 victory.

The second half performance, in particular, was a joy to watch and the players should be congratulated on winning four consecutive away games for the first time since 1990.

This afternoon we take a break from league action as we welcome Chesham United to The Memorial Stadium for this Emirates first round FA Cup tie.

The competition, still the world's best, I believe, has given Barry Hayles the opportunity of returning to face his former club some 18 years after he first signed for us and it's great to see him still enjoying his football. There aren't too many players who have played at the very top level still turning out in the Southern League Premier Division at the age of 43 and, as player/coach, he is using his experience and knowledge to good effect.

Our sixth away win of the season, at Cambridge, was watched by 562 travelling fans and, I’m told, 780 supporters here at The Mem as the game was beamed back and once again you demonstrated that you are among the best supporters in the country.

The beam back proved to be a great success and we will be looking into the possibility of repeating it for future away games this season.

It's always good to hear from our supporters and this week I received a letter from Joe Portlock, a 92 year old fan who lives in Winterbourne who has followed the club's fortunes for over 70 years. Joe sent in a poem with his letter, which will be printed in The Pirate in the near future.

In the meantime, I hope that Joe and all of our supporters enjoy the game today.

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