Smiles at last at Keepmoat after all doom and gloom

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AFTER all the doom and gloom over the past few months, no players coming in, budgets cut, all the old favourites leaving, six days into our League One campaign and it all seems to be smiles down at the Keepmoat Stadium.

We’ve had back-to-back league wins in the opening games for the first time in years, the team are playing some decent football and we are sitting pretty in second spot in the table.

But before we start getting carried away we currently can only muster five players on the subs bench and manager Dean Saunders needs to get some more recruits in to to build the squad up to 18 or so.

Even so, I think the club have done the right thing by sending out some of the first-year pros out to local non-League clubs, to build their confidence, get game time, and turn them from boys to men.

The 1,000 or so Rovers fans who went to the Banks’s Stadium on Saturday for the opening league game at Walsall went home with big smiles as we witnessed two goals worthy of a ‘goal of the season’ award.

Dean said he enjoyed the first goal, as the build up saw us string some great passes together, while the second scored by David Cotterill would have done David Beckham proud.

There was a special from Kyle Bennett, who is making people sit up and watch him, in the second.

Walsall battled , but I think it’s going to be a long season for them.

Good to see Richard O’Kelly, James Baxendale and James Chambers given a good reception by the Rovers’ fans, although Chambo got a bit of stick when he went down injured, but it was all in good nature.

If we could get the newly named Belle Vue bar used used as much as the Saddlers Club is with functions most nights it would be a great boost to the club.

I think the club will have been happy with the gate of 6,200 on Tuesday night, which included 453 Bury fans, who to their credit, created a good atmosphere.

Rovers went a goal behind within five minutes, but Dean said wanted a team that never gives in and that’s what he got.

Kyle poked home from close range just before half time, then we ground them down in the second half.

Chris Brown produced a cool finish from what looked an offside position, but hey we will take a bit of luck that is owed to us.

Coming from behind in the game was a feat we had not seen since we beat Leicester City, and it was our first home win since January, and puts us in a great position against League One newcomers Crawley Town tomorrow. It should be a great game so get your tickets early and get behind the team. An added bonus this Saturday is the fact that your match ticket is valid for the double header game, as at 6pm the Belles are playing Arsenal Ladies in a WSL game and it’s FREE if you stay behind.

Anyone wanting to travel to the Yeovil game next Saturday on the Supporters’ Club coaches, are asked to book early so we know how many coaches to take. Phone me on 07961-727769, or Len on 01302-817347 ASAP.

It is also the VSC AGM at the Belle Vue bar on Saturday - it’s an 11.30pm start. Chairman John Ryan and chief executive Gavin Baldwin are hoping to be in attendance.