PAUL MAYFIELD: Red and White (and Green) day should be a cracker!

Goal! Rovers' James Coppinger fires home his team's second goal against Barnsley.
Goal! Rovers' James Coppinger fires home his team's second goal against Barnsley.
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It was a hard-fought derby against Barnsley and honours ended up even.

The importance of the game was not last on both sets of fans, even if Reds fans took it one step too far with the flares.

Had we hung on - and not conceded a last minute equaliser - we would have had a nice cushion at the bottom. But that’s football.

Barnsley took the lead with a uncharacteristic mistake by young keeper Sam Johnstone, who allowed Nick Proschwitz in to tap home.

It was a case of deja-vu when Luke Steele dropped the ball for James Coppinger to draw us level, and after Copps scored again we looked set for three precious points until Proschwitz had the final say.

At least with all the other results going in our favour, and the subsequent midweek fixtures too, not much harm was done.

Tomorrow sees one of the most important fixtures of the season at Huish Park, Yeovil.

As a club, Rovers have also recognised the importance of the fixture, kindly agreeing to pay for everyone’s coach travel.

Even I have been shocked with the fans’ response. We have nine coaches making the longest and most arduous journey of the season, and with the home side designating it Green and White day it should be a cracking atmosphere.

Let’s make it a Red and White day too. Bring your flags, scarves, shirts, balloons, get behind the team and cheer us on to victory (fingers crossed).

We have not had great results down there, even in the Conference days.

There will be a few familiar faces in the home side. Byron Webster never really got a fair chance at the Keepmoat; we’ll come up against Rovers legend James Hayter, and John Lundstram is there too. It should be a good game, with so much at stake at the bottom of the table.

Once again, a big thanks to the club for the buses. We are doing raffles on each coach for LJS Foundation and also St John’s Hospice in Balby.

Remember, there’s no alcohol allowed on the coaches. If any is found the police could turn all the coaches back.

Departure times: Retford 7.00, Harworth 7.05, Bawtry/Rossington 7.15, Hare and Tortoise/Sprotbrough Ivanhoe 7.20, Infirmary 7.30 and Keepmoat car park one 7.45.