Arab boys at sport
Yes, it’s here again … the “real” Cup competition, the first round in a series of games leading to Wembley, Europe, or, in our case, back to League Two the week after! We welcome “The Gas” from League One, and a significant factor in the result of this match will be the share of prize money earned, bearing in mind the financially troubled times affecting both clubs.
Rovers are currently in 15th place in League One, a mere 3 points above the relegation line - and their recent League form is (like ours) somewhat topsy-turvey…
October 10th Lincoln City (A) Won 1-2
October 17th Burton Albion (H) Drew 1-1
October 20th Shrewsbury Town (A) Won 0-1
October 27th Hull City (H) Lost 1-3
October 31st Rochdale (A) Drew 1-1
November 3rd Peterborough United (H) Lost 0-2
Connections between the two clubs - well, where do you draw the line? Their current squad includes Luke Leahy, and Erhun Oztumer (on loan from Charlton Athletic). Previous players who have graced both grounds include Ken Stephens, Andy Tillson, Andy Reece (2 loans), Garry Pendrey (who went on to our coaching staff), Miah Dennehy, and with 133 appearances - Ray Graydon. Our current squad, of course, includes James Clarke and Stuart Sinclair, who followed Darrell Clarke when he made the move from Bristol to Bescot.
Prediction? As always, it depends on whether Tinkerman has got it right yet, and also if the habit of gift-wrapping goals has been firmly kicked into the long grass. Keeping a clean sheet against Crawley was certainly positive, but our limitations in the striking department in the absence of Gordon showed when it was left to Sadler to get our winner. Sticking the neck out, let’s hope for a 2-1 home win, because we don’t want this to go to penalties, do we??? Goals from Elijah and Rory, please.