How sweet it is for Rovers to be top

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Well at last we have made it to the Holy Grail, after weeks of failing to deliver the goods when we had chance to go top of the league, we blew it, but how sweet it feels to be there.

We did not make it easy for ourselves, at Shrewsbury on Tuesday we nearly threw away all the good work we had done over the 90 minutes. The leaders position is like a merrygoround, or a poisoned chalice, as we have had five different table-toppers over the past few weeks.

The improvement started on Saturday with the visit of Yeovil. We again gave away a sloppy goal, Woodsy parrying a free kick into the path of Paddy Maden to open the scoring, but to be fair to Gary the pitch resembles a ploughed field currently, and it bounced just in front of him and kicked of the surface.

Rovers hit back when Billy Painter headed home in style, he will have been happy to see the header hit the back of the net, because seconds earlier, he somehow missed with another header will the goal at his mercy.

Rovers missed numerous other chances in the second half but the signs were there for all to see in a much better performance.

So to Tuesday, another new ground to visit, a nice tidy little stadium, but they would not let away supporters in the club for a pre-match pint, and there are no parking facilities for away fans to park their cars, so coach travel is the recommended route should we visit there next season.

Rovers controlled things for much of the match, and were helped early in the first half when McCallister was sent off for the home team, for a two footed lunge on Keegan, although he got nowhere near Paul, at first I thought it very harsh.

But the hoops had been unfortunate with Husband hitting the bar, Jonesy the upright and also having a goal chalked out for offside.

Teenage loanee John Lundstram pulled all the strings in the second half, belying his youth to give a virtuoso performance, and his passing was a joy to watch.

His fellow teenager James “he’s one of our own” Husband had his best performance to date, and it was only fitting that he would open the scoring, drilling home from just inside the box.

The home keeper Chris Weale then pulled of a world class save from Cotterill, and kept out further eforts.

And it nearly proved costly, when the clock was ticking over to stoppage time, Tom Eaves turned and had a rare shot on target for the home side, and Woodsy fumbled it into the back of the net for an undeserved equaliser.

But credit to the lads for sparing his blushes, sub Kyle Bennett rifling home the winner with seconds to spare to send the 336 Rovers fans into exctasy.

So now onto the Monkey Hangers this Saturday, the Poolies will make it hard for us, as they are one of the form teams at the moment, belying their lowly league position with some fine results.

We then move onto Milton Keynes on Tuesday for another crunch game. We still have a few places left on our coaches. We leave Retford 3.00, Harworth 3.05, Bawtry/Rossington 3.15, Hare and Tortoise 3.20, Infirmary 3.30 and Keepmoat 3.45. Fares £15 adult £14 oap and £13 under 16 for members, add £2 for non members.