Oh we do like to be beside the seaside!
The Supporters Club’s annual away weekender trip to Bournemouth started early for many a Rovers fan but it was made even more enjoyable by bringing home the points.
The Cherries started the better of the teams but could not break down our solid rearguard, which surprisingly included Rob Jones.
The return of Neil Sullivan, who made some telling saves throughout, was a real bonus.
Going into the break at 0-0 it looked like a mistake or a penalty was going to win the game.
But Rovers came out more positive in the second half and got their rewards.
James Husband fired home from an acute angle to send the 600-strong Barmy Army into raptures.
With the other results going in our favour, we were still top and we left the ground in a confident mood.
If you have never been on one of our weekenders you are missing a trick.
It was a brilliant hotel, good food and good company.
We shared the hotel with a party of Welsh rugby fans who watched the Six Nations on a large screen.
They had a free bar as well, so I tried putting on a Welsh accent to get a free pint but I think the Rovers shirt gave it away!
When we get in the Championship, with the help of the international breaks, we are mulling over a trip to somewhere like Benidorm for a long weekender - as Rovers conquer Europe!
A get well soon to lifelong fan Kev Smeaton who fell ill over the weekend. Thankfully, with the help of the paramedics and hospital staff, he recovered to travel back with us.
We arrived back in Donny about 9pm on Sunday night, tired, but top of the league.
Tuesday’s game was called off, much to the surprise of fans, who wondered how the youth team managed to play on the afternoon at Cantley Park.
I guess it didn’t help that the pitch at the Keepmoat was already rock hard and threadbare before the falling temperatures.
It may yet turn out to be a blessing in disguise, and give our injured players more time to recover and re-charge their batteries for the run-in.
This Saturday sees Pompey chimimg into town and they have seen a mini-revival recently, although they lost at Orient on Tuesday.
Let’s hope we have a game as exciting as the 4-3 last season but with the result going in our favour this time.
Please remember to book coaches to Scunthorpe early. We are imposing a Wednesday night deadline for bookings for this game, as there will be no train travel available due to the landslip.
The Carlisle game has now been re-arranged for Tuesday, April 9.
Another date for your diary is Friday, May 10, for the Retford branch’s annual dinner and dance at the Charnwood at Blyth, priced at £20, for a four course meal and free coach travel from the Doncaster area.
Let’s hope we are celebrating promotion.
Hope you enjoy the game tomorrow, and we bag all three points.
Rovers till we die.