Sharp’s the word as unity takes us to great victory

Billy boy: Sharp celebrates his winner as Rovers turned the table upside down with a win over the Saints.      Picture: andrew roe
Billy boy: Sharp celebrates his winner as Rovers turned the table upside down with a win over the Saints. Picture: andrew roe

HANDS up if you saw the 1-0 win over Southampton coming on Saturday?

What a boost for the players, management and the fans to beat the league leaders, and thoroughly deserving to do so.

In fact with both the top two teams in the Championship being beaten, it certainly turned the table on it’s head.

Rovers played as a team and when Billy Sharp scored what proved to be the winning goal, the players showed a unity that may have been lacking over the previous weeks.

The goal when it came, stemmed from a long Brian Stock ball, finding Marc-Antoine Fortune, who in turn picked out Sharpy to tuck the ball away.

Even if Lambert and Chaplow were missing from the Southampton side, you can’t take it away from the lads because we had just 16 fit players.

I thought the crowd really got behind the team in the last 20 minutes to help get the lads over the line.

Having seen a DVD of the game, I’m still not convinced that Copps was offside for what should have been a nailed on penalty late in the game.

The assistant referee took an eternity to put up his flag. I think he bottled it because the referee had not pointed to the spot.

Saints’ manager Nigel Adkins praised Rovers in his post-match press conference and said we deserved the win.

He has always been media friendly and success has not changed him.

It’s off to St Andrews tomorrow to take on Birmingham.

It’s a ground I have very fond memories of, as in the 60s and early 70s before moving up to Retford, being born in the city I used to go regularly.

After last season’s success in the Carling Cup, the Blues have been playing in the Europa League which has given them a backlog of fixtures - they played Hull at the KC Stadium on Wednesday night - which will hopefully tell on them tomorrow.

We were unlucky to lose out on our last visit there. We played total football and earned high praise from the locals.

We’ll still be in the bottom three if we win, but victory would give us a big shot in the arm and further boost confidence amongst the players.

Coaches to the game leave Retford at 10.45am and pick up at Harworth 10.50, Bawtry 11, Rossington 11, Hare and Tortoise 11.05, Sprotborough (Ivanhoe) 11.05, Infirmary 11.15 and Keepmoat 11.30.

It should be a great game, with a cracking atmopshere, so let’s get behind the lads.

It was good to see Rovers re-introduce the half season tickets. With some great games to look forward to what better Christmas present could a Rovers’ fan ask for?

Call the ticket office for more details. I also see the club shop will be opening later in the run up to Christmas.

It’s the Supporters’ Club Christmas raffle draw on Monday at Harworth FC Social Club at 7.30.

All are welcome, and if there is anyone out there who would like to donate a prize, it would be most welcome.

Enjoy the game - Rovers ‘till I drop.