A mixed week for Rovers as Railwaymen end run

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OH Mr Porter what we going to do, we went and beat Bradford but mucked it up against Crewe.

It was great to get past the potential banana skin FA Cup first round ie against Park Avenue and it was interesting to see the clips on television of the day we played Avenue in a league fixture and lost back in the 60s in the build-up.

You have got to give the part-timers the credit they deserved as they made Rovers fight to the last to win the game. Nobody could deny them the goal-of-the-game they scored to send their 400 or so travelling fans into euphoria.

Hopefully our first goal from Martin Woods will have given him a confidence booster as he is just picking up the pace after being hindered by injuries for nearly all last season. I thought he had his best game to date.

The second goal was the result of great link-up work between Billy Paynter and Iain Hume, who scored to make it 2-0. It is great news that we could be signing Iain permanently in the January transfer window, as the lad will run himself into the ground for the team.

I was doing the commentary on Rovers Player at the game, and I said at half time that the next goal would be the most important. When Bradford’s Marshall curled his 25 yard effort into the top corner I could see the game going to a replay.

But, not for the first time this season, Chris Brown came on to head home the decisive goal to send us into the next round.

Tuesday night was another thing. We just could not string two passes together at times and the normally reliable Rob Jones-Tommy Spurr defensive combination were all at sea when the Crewe striker shot past keeper Gary Woods off the post for the opener.

The young keeper then had to claw a mis-kick to prevent Crewe getting a second first half goal and the night went from bad to worse when skipper Jones had a clash of heads leaving him with a golf ball-sized lump on his forehead.

He was spark out and Billy had to put him in the recovery position. Hopefully he will be fit for Saturday because he is such a key man.

Hume had a great chance to level on the stroke of half-time, but shot wide of the post from the edge of the area.

The second half saw us have four or five chances to claw our way back into the game, but poor finishing, the crossbar, and a inspired keeper, all combined to deny us before we fell for the sucker punch.

Eddie Howe brings his in-form Bournemouth side to the Keepmoat tomorrow in what looks to be another difficult game. We certainly need the fans to get behind the team and roar us to victory. It has been like being in a library for the past two games.

We will be selling the Supporters’ Club Christmas draw tickets outside the Belle Vue bar again. We sold over £180 last week. Thanks to Shirley Brown and Lisa Curtis for their help. Please book early for the Portsmouth and Carlisle games so we can arrange the coaches.