I JUST knew it was not going to be our day, when just ten minutes after leaving Retford en-route to Bristol, the front windscreen of the bus shattered by a pigeon.
We managed to get to Doncaster where a replacement coach took us for the rest of the journey.
The fans had felt quite confident that we would get a positive result against our fellow strugglers.
Armed with the Rovers Player camcorder, which is supposed to be idiot proof (there is always one exception to the rule) I talked to and videoed the Rovers’ fans behind the goal.
On the pitch things did not start too brightly as within 15 minutes James Coppinger took a nasty blow to his head resulting in a suspected fractured cheekbone, which could keep him out for the rest of the season.
Despite that the Bristol player involved in the challenge did not even get a lecture from the referee.
Rovers should have taken the lead when a great cross was missed by Billy Sharp but caught James Hayter on the hop and his goal bound effort trickled back to keeper David James.
The Robins then went straight up the other end and scored with an unmarked header.
Things got no better as Habib Beye jumped in allegedly with feet off the ground. The linesman, who was five yards away, signalled a throw-in, but the referee, some 40 yards away, dished out a red card.
And before we had chance to bring Locky on, Bristol increased their lead with another unchallenged header.
Rovers produced a sterling performance in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back with El-Hadji Diouf heading home from a great Simon Gillett cross.
James then saved well from Sharpy in a grandstand finish.
With all the teams around us except Nottingham Forest winning, it makes the task of staying up that much harder.
It was sad when we got home to read on the the Bristol website that a home supporter had collapsed and died just before the end of the game despite heroic efforts from the medics at Ashton Gate - a sight witnessed by many of the Rovers’ fans at the game. Our thoughts go out to the fan’s family.
We also learnt of the passing of two of our loyal fans during the week - George Fotheringham, whose company sponsored the dugouts at Belle Vue, and Mick O Brian, a regular on our coaches. Once again condolences to their respective families.
Tuesday’s trip to Hull City will be another hard game as they had a great result at Reading over the weekend, and Robert Koren can’t stop scoring at the KC Stadium.
We are running coaches to the game departing Retford 4.30pm and picking up en-route at Harworth 4.35, Bawtry/Rossington 4.45, Hare and Tortoise 4.50, Infirmary 5.00 and Keepmoat 5.15. Ring me on 07961-727769 or Len on 01302-817347 to book a seat/
There is also a bus running from North Doncaster (Skellow/Bentley area) call Jim on 07780-316923.
The weekend trip to the Southampton game is now full. Monies need to be paid in full by February 24 please.