The Wheels Are In Motion!
What a fantastic week it’s been so far, two wins for the gas and we’ve got to feel confident for Saturdays’ clash with Mansfield.
Approaching two PM last Saturday you would have been forgiven for thinking I was in a scenic Italian town as I, along with the traveling party went for a walk across the River Trent to see the City Ground and Trent Bridge (The Cricket Ground). We had taken a wrong turn somewhere which lead to some small bridges across tributaries leading to the Trent. We eventually came out onto Trent Bridge, ( The Bridge!) and whilst the view of the City Ground was breathtaking, we were reminded of where we were by some fierce winds and icy rain.
We joined the ranks of Gasheads in plenty of time and witnessed a fantastic performance by the side. We started well, Easter should have scored early on but slipped. We let our hosts grow into the game which was disappointing so the goal, at the time it came, was important from Montano. A great finish and the wingers first ever goal for us, if you get the chance have a watch of the Goalcam, one of the home fans went mad afterwards! It certainly would have changed the half-ime team talks. The second half saw Rovers completely boss proceedings, an excellent strike from Lee Brown just after the interval made the points safe and my only criticism was that we couldn’t add more to our tally. Players of Easters’ experience should really be taking their chances, but let’s not be greedy, as Darrell said post-match “We can’t score them all at once!” The whole team played well but I felt that there were stand out efforts from Brown, Montano and Lines, who was unlucky not to get his first of the season.
On Monday we welcomed Oliver McBurnie to our squad. The young striker hit a 26 minute hat-trick on his debut for Newport County against Luton and was recalled after just three appearances for the exiles. He was prolific on loan at Chester last season, including a goal at the Mem. The Swansea man seems prolific in and around the box, scoring plenty of headers and, will provide the necessary cover for Gaffney and Harrison at this important stage of the season.
Tuesday night saw the boys pick up an excellent win against fellow Play-Off contenders AFC Wimbledon, the game was fairly even and quite how we were 2-0 up at half time I don’t know! We had the better chances and, as the scoreline dictated, had taken them, goals from Jermaine Easter and Ollie Clarke providing the lead. Considering how good our opponents were coming forward, I was very nervous when they pulled a goal back and we required a series of excellent saves from Steve Mildenhall, but an Akinfenwa sending off was the icing on the cake following Matty Taylors effort which made it 3-1. The whole team worked very hard, man of the match for me was Mildenhall although Lines also played well.
We’re back down the Mem on Saturday to play host to Mansfield Town. Their last visit to Bristol is a day everyone will hope to forget, and Saturday is another big meeting with the Stags. It’s also Darrell Clarkes’ 100th game in charge of the gas, somewhat fitting that we play his hometown team. The wheels are in motion for a cracking ending to the season, three straight wins and all of the players seem to be performing well at the moment. Let’s maintain this momentum, three more point please! UTG!