On the way out of the game at the end of this stunning victory a Brizzle fan said to me:
That was a load of crap that was. Boths teams were bl**dy rubbish, the sooner they send crap like you back to non-league the better.
Sorry mate, said I. It was just you that was crap.
Why is it that when we play really well, as we did today, and play their team off the park the other teams fan's just can't accept it and call us crap and infer that we have no right to be in the same league as them.
Lets face it, Rovers were bad today, really bad.
Did they make us look good? No, they didn't. We were good. If we had been just that little bit sharper in front of goal then we would have been magnificent.
So, in front of the Rovers biggest crowd of the season, the teams kicked off. No one told the Rovers fans' though. You could have heard a mouse squeaking, they were so quiet.
After taking the first five minutes to settle down Rovers had a flurry of chances. Paul Tait saw his effort go well wide and Stuart Brock was forced into his first save on 15 minutes to turn away a 15yd shot from Grazioli.
After that we started to move up a gear and with Dean Bennett
taking the mickey out of the Rovers defenders we knew it wouldn't take long for the goals to start coming. We forced two early corners but both were cleared easily to safety by the Rovers defence.
Our defenders were on top form and the midfield was holding it's own. It was just the same old story in front of goal, Bo was a yard behind the play and why, when he does get the ball, does he keep on turning his back to goal giving the Rovers defenders chance to dis-possess him.
As for poor old Drewe. Now there's a man with very little self esteem at the moment.
No matter, after 27 minutes we took the lead.
Melligans pass into the area was for some unknown reason played back to him by Astafjevs and he was never going to turn this gift down. His 15yd volley gave Howie no chance and a corner full of Harriers fans erupted.
We went close to extending the lead 5 minutes later but Deanos shot was just wide of the post.
It was one way traffic after that with the Harriers keeping the Rovers on the back foot with their closest effort coming from Wayne Carlisle who grazed the bar with a 20yd free-kick.