Read the latest from Rovers Chairman Nick HiggsI hope that you have all recovered from your New Year celebrations and welcome you all back to The Memorial Stadium for our first game of 2016.
When we look back over the last twelve months, I am sure we will all agree that it was an exciting time in our club's history.
It took us a while to get used to being a non league team, but Darrell Clarke had urged us all to embrace The Conference and not think that we didn't deserve to be there and I think we did that.
Our supporters were a credit to the club and were welcomed at almost every ground we played at. Behind the scenes we met some very friendly people, all of whom were doing the best for their club and we were made to feel welcome in every boardroom we visited.
Our main aim, of course, was to return to The Football League and whilst we were disappointed not to have claimed the one automatic promotion place after a race with Barnet for the title, we were promoted via the play offs after a memorable day at Wembley where we defeated Grimsby Town in a penalty shootout.
The first half of this season has flown by and our squad, led by Darrell and his management team, have adapted well to life back in the league. For a number of the squad, this is the first time they have played at this level, though you wouldn't guess that from their performances.
Whilst some of the results at The Memorial Stadium have been slightly disappointing, the performances have, by and large, been excellent and wins against Wycombe and York here before Christmas, boosted everyone.
The results we have achieved away from home have been nothing short of outstanding; seven victories achieved with only half of the season gone helped propel us up to seventh place in the league before the busy festive period.
That's all in the past, of course, and now we look ahead to what could be a momentous time in the club's history as later this month we go to the Court of Appeal regarding our ongoing legal dispute with Sainsbury’s. The Appeal Court has accepted our arguments about the need for an early decision and have granted us an early date for the hearing and, naturally, we are hoping for a successful outcome though I will not be able to comment further on the matter until a decision has been reached.
On the pitch, I think we can look forward to an exciting second half of the season and, with your support, which has been the one constant in the last 18 months we can continue to build on the progress we have made in the last year.