My old man, could ‘ave been a City fan!

Presented with two colours years ago, a very young lad was posed a question. That day, fateful day I
should add, he chose blue over red. The man asking was my Grandad, the lad, my Dad and the decision, massive. Had he chosen red, I may have been supporting a certain Championship club today! As it is, all of my family are fans of the noisy, rich, neighbor! I bring this up only because it was his 47th birthday on Saturday, and we’re going to Sabadell in the summer. It’s fair to say he was pleased with that present, and very much looking forward to July. Anyhow, a belated Happy Birthday to you Dad!

What a day to celebrate your Birthday Saturday was! Darrell Clarke’s 100th game in charge and confidence was sky high ahead of the clash with Mansfield. There was a real buzz of anticipation in the Supporters Club bar before kick off, and this increased on the terrace as the crowd surfer flag made its return. The first half was lacklustre at best, neither side really threatened. Mitchell Rose hooked a ball over Mildenhalls’ crossbar whilstIMG_2139 a hook across from Easter required a glove from Shearer and Bodin could only slash wide when it looked easier to score.

 

The second half was not much better from a neutral perspective, Montanos’ fierce drive was well held by Shearer before the winger linked up well with Bodin but couldn’t produce a final ball. The much needed goal finally came when Bodin picked out Montano whose driven ball across the face was met at the back post by Matty Taylor, sending the Gasheads wild! Montano had put three or four good balls across the face and it was only a matter of time before someone got on the end of one. After the goal we really invited Mansfield onto us, I felt they were going to equalize, and it was only for an amazing Mildenhall save that they didn’t. That was the kind of save that earns promotion, and certainly earned two points for us on Saturday. I have been most impressed with Mildenhall since his return to the team in December, especially after his harsh treatment in August. It was a tough game, but at this stage of the season I will take a result over a performance any time and, with other results going in our favour, we moved up to fourth place.

 

Next Weekend, we make the short trip over the bridge for a Severnside Derby against Newport County. Let’s hope the weather at Rodney Parade is better than the last time the Gas were in town! On paper, the game looks winnable, but as I’ve said before, football is played on grass. Our opponents have had some good results lately, including a 3-0 win at Portsmouth on the weekend. Couple this with the fact that they won 4-1 at The Mem in October and I must admit I’m not looking forward to it. The side are going to have to be as resilient as they were against Mansfield and I can see it being a scrappy affair. We go there in good spirit and it would be a huge achievement if we can go one step further than we have yet this season and win five on the spin.

 

100 games in charge is wonderful in this day and age so congratulations Darrell. It’s great times to be a Gashead, so to everyone going over the river, get right behind the boys. It’s about time a Bristol club set the record straight against their Welsh counterparts as neither Cardiff or Newport have been beaten by either City or Rovers this term. Let’s instill some pride back in Bristol and continue this momentum. Come On Rovers, Come On You Blues!

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