Only one point from two home matches but it could be enough

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WE may have only got one point from the two home games, but that point against Preston looks like it could be the most vital point of the season as this weekend the bottom-four play each other.

So somebody, if not all, are going to drop points, which would then leave them needing a near-miracle for them to survive.

As it stands at the moment, the bottom three have to win three games just to overhaul 20th-placed Rovers.

The game against third-placed Cardiff on Saturday was a travesty of justice.

Again Rovers’ walking wounded put in a fantastic effort, only to be denied by a controversial free-kick on 89 minutes from which by super-sub Jason Koumas rifled in from 25 yards to give keeper Gary Woods no chance.

Koumas then completed the scoring in the fourth minute of stoppage time to earn his side a 3-1 win.

Rovers had done well to fight back after going behind against the run of play and a great strike by Copps brought us back into the game.

The stats speak for themselves with Rovers having 60 per cent of possession, but it’s goals that count.

So to Tuesday night, a game neither side could afford to lose,

A point all-round was a fair reflection on a pulsating game with 42 shots at goal being shared between the teams.

Just when it looked though Brian Stock’s 78th minute goal would see us survive in the Championship, just as has happened to us to regularly this season, we were pegged back.

Former Dingles and Scunny striker Paul Hayes levelled the scores although the video shows that he was in an offside position throughout the passage of play.

But with the other results going in our favour, a win at Dull City this Saturday should be enough for us.

Back in January we were ten points off the bottom three places, now three or so months later and only two wins we are still eight points away from safety.

A couple of notes for your diary . . . Next Monday (April 18) sees the latest Fans’ Forum being held at the Styrupp Public House in Rossington (7.30).

All fans are welcome to attend and manager Sean O’Driscoll, chief executive Dave Morris and media manager Steve Uttley are all hoping to attend.

As the Inca Trek in June gets nearer, the training schedule is kicking in. I’m running approximately 16 miles per week, biking eight miles (via the pubs in the villages) and last week I walked a six-mile walk in Ingleton.

This weekend see a walk in the Yorkshire Dales.

A new website set up by one of the other walkers, David Plant, can be found on Rovers official site.

I am holding a quiz at the Royal Oak, North Leverton near Retford on Easter Sunday 24th April at 7.45pm. to raise funds. All are welcome.

There is also a Teachers v All Stars footie match at Keepmoat on May 5 at 6.30pm - over 3,000 tickets already having being sold - and a golf day on Tuesday, May 17 at Wheatley Golf Club.

Last week I told you about the Supporters’ Club’s weekend trip to Weston-super-Mare tied in with the Bristol City game. But I missed out on a special moment, two of the fans on the trip, Chris Goforth and girlfriend Caroline, got engaged on the beach.

It’s funny how the sea air and the beer affect people! Congratulations to the happy couple from all at Rovers.

Let’s get as many fans to Hull tomorrow. There is still some room on the coaches:

Depart Retford 11.30am and pick up at Harworth 11.35, Bawtry and Rosso 11.45, Hare and Tortoise 11.50, Sprotborough Ivanhoe 11.55, Infirmary 12.00 and Keepmoat 12.15. Prices £10 (adult) £9 (OAP) and £8 (under 16’s). Add £2 extra for non Supporters Club members.

Those who cannot get to the KC Stadium can tune in to Rovers Player to get full commentary from myself (standing in for Chris Mortley) and Paul Goodwin. John Motson eat your heart out!