Gates on the up and let’s hope trend continues

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TWO more games and two more wins, and how sweet Saturday’s victory against local rivals Scunthorpe was.

Although we have had the better of the results over them in our past few outings, for us to knock four goals past them without reply made my pint go down much better on Saturday night.

On paper, Scunny had a potent attack with Leon Clarke and Nathan Ellington. Both men have shown that on their day they know where the back of the net is, but this was not their day.

We were a bit fortunate with a couple of the goals, but you make your own luck in this game.

Although Martin Woods was credited with the opener, it clearly came off the Scunny right back. I have a habit of missing goals lately and, like many other people, I missed the second scored in the 46th minute by David Cotterill as I was duty tea-maker at the time.

Unlike previous seasons, we are now scoring from set pieces and captain Rob Jones headed home against his former team to make it 3-0. Billy Paynter finished off the rout, again with the help of a deflection,but they all count.

The other winners on the day were the youth team, as the Supporters’ Club sponsor-a-goal fund for the youngsters was boosted by another £56, on top of the VSC giving them a £5,000 donation for the Rovers Tomorrow fund.

I was saddened to hear on my arrival at the ground on Tuesday night for the Oldham game, that after Saturday’s game some so-called fan had wrapped some material around a ball cock in the toilets in the west stand, causing the tank to overflow and flooding the Belle Vue Bar below.

Rovers had to call in structural engineers to check the damage caused by the idiot, thus funds being diverted from Dean’s playing budget. I ask you who in their right mind would do such a thing?

The game wasn’t pretty, not helped by an over fussy set of officials. The Sky Sports reporter in front of me at the game could hardly muster a paragraph of the action from the first half.

Rovers come out more determined in the second half and man-of-the-moment David Cotterill’s quick thinking saw his 25-yard free kick evade everyone to settle in the back of the net and give us the three points, which we gladly accepted.

We’ve had two decent gates in our games against Scunny (8,000) and Oldham (6,000) and let’s hope we have done enough for the extra fans to return come the next home game against Coventry.

I thought with the run of wins we have been having, along with our away form, the interest for the FA Cup tie would be massive.

But I think the £20 admission price has put fans off travelling and we still have plenty of space left on the coaches. You should be able to get tickets on the day, so it’s not too late to cheer on the lads.

Coaches depart Retford 10.45am and will pick up at Harworth 10.50, Bawtry/Rossington 11.00, Hare and Tortoise 11.05, Infirmary 11.15 and Keepmoat 11.30. Cost £13, £12/£11 for members. Non-members add £2.