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31st march 2002 


  • Bristol Rovers (away ko 3:00pm)

    Just a quick preview of tomorrows game at Bristol.

    When Rovers were relegated at the end of last season it was thought that it would be only one season before they gained promotion back to the 2nd but things aren't going well at the Memorial Ground.

    After yesterday's defeat at Plymouth they now lie 2nd from bottom of the league.
    If Halifax had shown some of their form of recent weeks a little bit earlier then they would be bottom and heading for the Conference.

    They have taken only 3 points from a possible 18 this month and haven't scored since March 9th.

    Ex Baggie and Coventry striker Garry Thompson took on the task of saving the sinking Pirate ship when Gerry Francis had to leave the club because of family problems but he has not made a very good job of it.

    Expect to see him walking the plank before next season starts.

    They have just under sold their star striker, Nathan Ellington, to Wigan for 1.2 million and loaned in James Quinn from WBA and James Thomas from Blackburn Rovers as the new strike force along with Ciaran Toner from Spurs and Wayne Carlisle, Palace, in midfield.

    This is the BIG club in trouble and are very lucky not to have the honour of being the countries 5th largest City with a club in the Conference. And Hull complain about them being the 9th biggest and never to have played in the top flight.

    Rovers (from):
    Howie, Foster, Foran, Wilson, Astafjevs, McKeever, Challis, Carlisle, Shore, Toner, Quinn, Thomas, Clarke, Ommel, Walters, Smith, Lopez, Mauge, Hillier, Gall, Cameron, Bubb, Trought, Plummer.

    After yesterday's stroll in the sun against Southend we seem to have no injuries.

    Colin Larkin was missing with an abcess that needed a minor operation but should be available for tomorrow.

    The only worry was the substitution of Bo. He didn't look injured but was obviously playing way below his potential.
    He must be the one most disappointed by the loss of his fellow countryman, Jan Molby, and will need to show a bit more interest if he wants to stay at Aggborough.

    This is one game that we should win on paper and I think we will. As I said before Rovers are a team in trouble and I can't see how they will get anything out of this.

    Harriers (from):
    Montgomery, Danby, Joy, Stamps, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Ducros, Williams, Appleby, Davies, Henriksen, Broughton, Shilton, Bennett, Larkin, Foster, Bird.

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