3.Ellis / Blackmore
A pretty good win considering the new lads coming in for players who are injured with a lot of 1st team experience under their belt, also hope Kyle Briggs can recover from not one of his better games saying that he's not had too many bad ones in his time with the Rovers, good to see Andy Bostock back after a few weeks out.
Something that you posted there twangs a little heart string for me.
When you support a team over a number of years or work with people in whatever walk of life you make decisions about them through your experiences, it's not been judgemental it is natural.
Kyle Briggs came to Rovers from Doncaster in 2009 he was an immediate hit, he'd played for Donny at our ground earlier that season or the one before and had a blinder.
His firm form was so good for Rovers in the vintage 10 Rovers team that he earned a crack at SL, giving us a a healthy profit in the process.
I recall him being shattered, broken and in tears at the end of the ten 10 GF, his last game for us.
He joined a deteriorating Bradford side that must have made him feel as confident as Fred West's paper boy.
We got to the GF that year in 11 without him, or so you thought. Just as we were on our usual ore match sherbet at the Lord Rodney, who turns up with a Flat Cap, a red Rovers away shirt and a silly shy grin, ....Kyle.
He came back and amongst other games played a blinder against Cas, his upper body strength in scoring our second try was amazing.
I interviewed him at the end of that season at the end of the Keighley game, his love for Rovers and his delight of resigning was so apparent. Only to see him shattered and broken again at HJ stadium as though he was Bill Murray in some old american comedy film about repetition.
After a series of horrendous injuries Kyle's confidence is shot and he's a shadow of his former self at the moment.
He is one of the nicest, most talented men to have ever pulled on the Rovers shirt in my time as a fan a wonderful family man and a man who'll always give you the time of day, he doesn't possess an egotistical bone in his body ( some of this may be the reason for his loss of cutting edge).
I for one would encourage everyone to rally around Kyle whether he features again for Rovers or wherever his future lays. Everyone hates to see a poorly relative and that to me is how it feels with Kyle.