3pm, Saturday 13th November 2021
The Memorial Stadium
The Gas welcome the visit of Northampton Town, who like Bristol Rovers got relegated from League One last season.
This will be another challenging afternoon, as Northampton Town are currently in third position in League Two, only four points from top position and are strong contenders for an instant return to League One. The Gas, on the other hand, are stuttering in sixteenth position. Northampton Town are on a great run of form, having won their last four league games and they would expect to extend that run to five games this afternoon.
Our home form has been extremely poor so far this season, our best results and performances have come away from home. The form book would suggest an easy win for the visitors, with a draw being a good result for The Gas. I feel that every team in this division is beatable, and if we can get ourselves organised at the back and attack Northampton then we could come away with all three points. Here’s hoping!
The Gas put on a dominant performance over high-flying Northampton Town to take all three points in a highly entertaining match. This game had everything, and went right down to the wire.
Northampton Town took the lead after thirty nine minutes after being awarded a penalty. Connor Taylor was judged to have tripped the Northampton Town player. It looked soft to me, but I was watching from the other end of the ground. This was very much against the run of play, with Rovers creating a number of excellent chances and did not deserve to go in behind at half time.
The second half continued where the first half left off, with Bristol Rovers pressing Northampton and continuing to attack. The game was won with two goals in five minutes just before the hour mark. Josh Grant capped an excellent performance with a well worked goal, followed four minutes later by the winner from Anthony Evans. Both goals being scored in front of the ecstatic North Terrace.
Northampton Town pressed to snatch an equaliser at the end, but were thwarted by a superb goal line clearance by Connor Taylor. The Gas held on to secure a much deserved three points.
I felt we were the better team throughout the game, and thoroughly deserved to win.
Josh Grant was superb, fully deserved his goal and man of the match. Dangerous on the left side of the park, full of energy and creativity.
Connor Taylor was magnificent at the back as always. Fantastic goal-line clearance to seal the three points right at the death. He was unfortunate with the penalty, looked soft from the South West stand.
James Belshaw with his usual excellent performance in goal.
Sam Nicholson ran his socks off.
Glenn Whelen had a good game, what excellent distribution he has. Superb balls out to Grant. Felt his sending off was a bit harsh, was a wild sliding tackle though.
This was a superb team performance, you could really see the hunger and desire out there.
Finally, it was so good to hear The Mem loud again today, the atmosphere was rocking.
There have been many trips to The Mem that have been painful to watch, and so far this season has been disappointing. Today was a good day, and I really, really needed that!
Tonight feels good to be a Gashead.