In Search of Gas

With your wonderful armchair traveller, Keith Brookman.

As the title suggests, this is an attempt to track down as many former Rovers players, who are still involved in the game, as possible.

Most will have played first team football for Rovers in the past, while others are still contracted to The Gas, but either out on loan or work experience.

What began as something to do on the opening day of the 2018/19 season, became a little bit of an obsession for former Rovers Head of Media Keith Brookman, as you will see from his weekly updates!

The latest instalment is given below, with the rest of the season archived in two month chunks (see the sub-pages under the ‘In Search of Gas’ heading).

Any omissions from a list of players with Rovers connections is not deliberate; it’s just that there are so many it’s difficult to keep track of them all!


Chapter 23 –  Week commencing 7th January 2019

The last remaining third round FA Cup tie between Wolves and Liverpool took place on Monday, but, unfortunately, there were no former Gas players involved.

Of more interest to most of us, in all probability, was the draw for the fourth round which took place at Molineux immediately after the game. And that, I suspect, was due to some perverse interest in seeing who Barnet might draw. Simply because they beat us in round one.

Subsequent victories against Stockport County and Sheffield United respectively have softened the blow of that first round defeat (but only just!) and so I’m pretty certain many of us will be looking out for their result against Brentford in round four. The Bees against The Bees at The Hive – someone will, I’m sure, make a meal out of that!

This week’s In Search of Gas begins in the Premier Central Division of the Southern League where Tyler Lyttle and his Rushall Olympic team mates played out a 1-1 draw against Barwell, who played all but 14 minutes of the game with ten men after one of their players was sent off.

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The son of former Swansea City, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion defender Des Lyttle, Tyler Lyttle arrived at Rovers after failing to be offered a contract by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Signed a pro deal for The Gas in June 2015 and two months later made his only league start for the club in a 2-0 defeat at Leyton Orient. His only other senior appearance for us came as a substitute in the Football league Trophy tie against Wycombe Wanderers in October 2015.
Spent time on loan with Nuneaton Borough and Truro City whilst with Rovers. Since leaving the club, in March 2017, he signed for Stafford Rangers and is currently playing for Russell Olympic in the Southern League Premier Division Central. [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]

Tuesday night was Checkatrade night, for 14 sides and I was at Sixfields, home of Northampton Town (though it’s now called the PTS Academy Stadium!) where Rovers, thanks to goals from Tom Broadbent (his first ever goal for the club) and Stefan Payne were 2-1 winners.

John-Joe O’Toole was still missing from the Northampton side (he’s been injured since November) while Andy Williams wasn’t in the squad. ‘Rested’ I was told, so that left Cobblers boss Keith Curle as the only ex Gasman on show for the hosts.

Interesting stat from this game, courtesy of Stephen Byrne. Northampton’s substitute goalkeeper Luke Coddington is the grandson of a former Huddersfield Town centre half, John Coddington, who played against Rovers in nine league games in the late 1950’s early 1960’s.

Elsewhere in the competition, Dominic Telford scored twice for Bury in their 4-2 win at Accrington Stanley and Byron Moore went on as a substitute in the second half.

Another substitute, Ryan Broom, was on the losing side. He was one of the Cheltenham Town substitutes, and although he went on in the 65th minute he ended up on the losing side as Oxford United were 4-1 winners in a penalty shootout after the game ended all square at 1-1.

The game at Vale Park also ended 1-1 though Port Vale went through to the last eight thanks to a 4-3 win on penalties. Cristian Montano was not in the Vale squad, while Shrewsbury’s former Gasmen Ollie Norburn and Charlie Colkett also sat this one out.

Portsmouth also went through, thanks to their 2-0 win at Southend United. Lee Brown was still missing through injury.

Maidenhead United, with Alfie Kilgour in their side, suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Oxford City in the first round of the FA Trophy. The game went to extra time after a 1-1 draw and Oxford scored the winning goal on 99 minutes.

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Central defender Alfie Kilgour is currently on loan at National League side Maidenhead United. He was included in the first team squad for the first time for the match against Accrington Stanley on 12th September 2015 when he was one of our unused substitutes.
He was allocated squad number 32 and given a first team contract in the summer of 2016, the only scholar to be upgraded to the pro ranks.
Alfie has previously spent time on loan at Cirencester Town and then had to work extremely hard to recover from a serious cruciate ligament injury sustained in a Gloucestershire Senior Amateur Cup tie against Slimbridge.
On his return to action he became a regular in the club’s Development Squad and spent another spell on loan, on this occasion with Hungerford Town.
He returned to Rovers in time to make the bench for the final league game of last season, at Southend, and signed a new contract in the summer of 2018.  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]

In the same competition Salisbury undertook a spot of giant killing as they dumped National League side Braintree Town out of the competition, winning 2-1 at the Ray Mac Stadium. Darren Mullings opened the scoring for Salisbury on 25 minutes and although the visitors equalised four minutes later, Mullings scored again in the 69th minute to earn his side a tie against Carshalton Athletic in the next round. That game, by the way, will be played in four days’ time!

In the National League Solihull Moors, with assistant manager James Quinn on the touchline and Nathan Blissett in the starting lineup, were 2-1 winners at Gateshead and by virtue of that result and the fact that Wrexham lost 2-0 at Bromley, the Moors are up to third place in the table.

Another former Rovers player on the touchline was Guiseley co manager Marcus Bignot and he saw his side lose 1-0 at Southport in National League North.

Slough Town and Bath City played out a goalless draw in National League South in front of a crowd of 520. Scott Davies and Louie Soares both started for the home side, while Ryan Clarke was in goal for the Romans. Sean Rigg also returned to the Bath squad and was named on the bench. He went on in the 78th minute of the game and the point taken saw Bath up to third place in the league.

Truro City assistant manager Michael Meaker saw his side in action and, in their first league game of the season at their Treyew Road home, they were 2-1 winners against St Albans City in front of a crowd of 272.

In the Southern League Premier South Division, Tiverton Town, with Liam Armstrong in goal, beat Gosport Borough 1-0.

In the Bostik League Premier Division Theo Widdrington was in the Bognor Regis Town side that lost 3-0 at Brightlingsea Regent, a game described in this way on the club’s Twitter account; ‘Tonight our game was watched by 216 spectators. Our radio show had 224 listeners. Thank you all for listening, it’s a shame we couldn’t bring you three points but still proud to be giving you the action live.’

Sutton United, still without the services of Charlie Clough and Wayne Brown, were beaten 1-0 by Chertsey Town in the Surrey Senior County Cup.

Closer to home, Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George lost 2-1 at Bishop’s Cleeve in the GFA Trophy at the quarter final stage.

Wednesday night saw the Carabao Cup semi final first leg between Manchester City and Burton Albion at the Etihad Stadium, with the current Premier League Champions winning 9-0. Somehow, I can’t see the League One side turning that around in the second leg! Chris Beardsley wasn’t on the bench for this one, as he was at The Mem a few weeks ago, so I’m guessing he was watching from behind his hands on the sidelines!

Wednesday also saw the final Checkatrade Trophy tie played, between Chelsea U-21’s and Peterborough United, with the Posh winning 3-1. Goalkeeper Aaron Chapman returned to the Peterborough side for this game.

There was one game played in National League South and Welling United, with Bradley Goldberg in their side, lost 2-0 at Woking.

In the Southern League Premier South Division, Taunton Town beat Beaconsfield Town 2-1. It was the sixth game in 19 days for the league leaders and Pierce Mitchell was, once again, in their starting lineup.

Bostik League Premier side Bishop’s Stortford, who are without a game this coming Saturday, played a friendly match against Cheshunt and ran out 2-0 winners. You probably don’t need me to tell you that, inevitably, Jamie Cureton scored one of their goals!

Rovers players were in the news on Wednesday, as it was announced that Alfie Kilgour would remain with Maidenhead until the end of the season, Sam Slocombe had returned to The Mem from his loan spell at Lincoln and that Joe Martin had returned to his parent club, Stevenage.

On Friday Adam Dawson joined League Two strugglers Macclesfield Town, having left Chester, for whom he made just seven appearances, just ten days ago. Check out his interview on the Macclesfield website, as Rovers get a mention!

Also, on Friday, Oumare Tounkara returned to the Chateauroux side, after injury, for their French Ligue 2 fixture against Lorient. They lost 2-1, though, and Tounkara was substituted as his side managed to score an own goal and had a man sent off.

Saturday saw Rovers travel to face Accrington Stanley and, in atrocious conditions, they returned to Bristol with a hard earned point gained from a goalless draw.

In the Premier League, Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager Paul Trollope saw his side lose 1-0 at home against league leaders Liverpool.

For the second time this season Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town played out a goalless draw, so it was another clean sheet for former Gas goalie Neil Etheridge.

In the Championship, Tony Pulis saw his side Middlesbrough side maintain their push for a play off place with a 2-1 win at Birmingham City. Boro are currently in fifth place, four points adrift of second placed Sheffield United.

Luke Daniels was back on bench duty for Brentford, who beat Stoke City 3-1 at Griffin Park and another bench warmer was Matty Taylor, at Ashton Gate. However, the former Rovers striker went on in the 62nd minute and equalised for Bristol City just two minutes later. City scored again two minutes after that and so beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1.

There was a rare win for Ipswich Town, who beat Rotherham United 1-0 at Portman Road. Yet another former Gas man was on the bench, and that’s where Ellis Harrison stayed all afternoon.

Preston North End and Swansea City drew 1-1 at Deepdale, the home side’s goal coming from the penalty spot after Connor Roberts was judged to have handled in the area. That was the equaliser and came five minutes after the Swans had taken the lead. There was no Oli McBurnie in the Swansea lineup.

Goalkeeper Sam Walker was on the bench for Reading, who were 2-0 winners against managerless Nottingham Forest at the Madejski Stadium. Forest picked up two red cards in the second half.

Joe Lumley and his QPR side were beaten 1-0 at Bramall Lane where victory for Sheffield United saw them move into second place. Lumley, according to QPR boss Steve McLaren; ‘was beaten by United’s only shot on target in the whole game…’

In the evening’s televised game Millwall coach Adam Barratt was on the bench as his side conceded two late goals against Blackburn Rovers at The Den which saw Rovers boss Tony Mowbray come out with this comment in his post match interview; ‘We forgot to pass the ball because we knew we’d have to head the ball and compete in midfield.’  I’m guessing he knows what he means!

Chris Beardsley, Burton Albion’s fitness coach, watched from the sidelines as Gillingham, who were missing Tom Eaves, snatched a 3-2 win at the Pirelli Stadium courtesy of a 91st minute winner. Eaves might be injured, of course, but there is a great deal of speculation around concerning his future, with Glasgow Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End rumoured to be interested in signing him during the January transfer window.

Cian Bolger was missing from the Fleetwood Town lineup as they drew 2-2 against Oxford United, but Aaron Chapman was in goal for Peterborough United, 2-1 home winners against Rochdale.

Lee Brown’s hamstring injury again kept him out of the Portsmouth side that suffered a surprise home defeat at the hands of Blackpool who, with Marc Bola in their side, were 1-0 winners at Fratton Park.

Ollie Norburn and his Shrewsbury Town side were beaten 3-0 by Charlton Athletic, though there will be no more signs of Charlie Colkett in a Shrewsbury Town shirt. He has returned to Chelsea, who cut short his season long loan. The midfielder made just six appearances for The Shrews. Expect another loan move soon – don’t think he’s quite ready for Chelsea’s first team!

Plymouth Argyle won 3-2 at Southend United, with Gary Sawyer in the side and Matt Macey spending the ninety minutes on the bench.

Scunthorpe United recorded a fourth successive win by beating Walsall 2-1 at the Banks’s Stadium. Matt Lund was back in the Scunthorpe squad for this one and went on as an 85th minute substitute.

Wycombe Wanderers, who visit the Memorial Stadium next Saturday, were 2-0 down at home to Doncaster Rovers with only 13 minutes of their home game against Doncaster Rovers remaining but managed to take all three points with a stunning 3-2 win. Paris Cowan-Hall began the comeback with a 77th minute goal and then scored the winner in the 94th minute. Don’t recall him scoring too many goals in the past! Joe Jacobson was also in the Wycombe side and picked up a yellow card.

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Paris Cowan-Hall began his career as a trainee with Portsmouth and then played for Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United before signing for Rushden & Diamonds. From there it was on to Woking, Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers.
A move to Millwall preceded his loan spell with Rovers in November 2015 and then it was back to Wycombe Wanderers, where he signed a permanent deal after two loan spells with them.
One of his three games for The Gas was against Wycombe, which ended 3-0 in our favour on 1st December 2015.  [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]

There was another fightback in League Two where Bury were trailing 3-1 against MK Dons at Gigg Lane but managed to take all three points after a 4-3 win. Dominic Telford scored one of the Bury goals and Byron Moore went on as a 55th minute substitute for the Shakers. Lee Nicholls was in goal for MK Dons and saved one of the two penalties he faced during the game. The three points saw Bury move into second place at the expense of the team they beat.

Cheltenham Town, with Ryan Broom in their lineup (he picked up a yellow card in this match) were beaten 3-1 by Tranmere Rovers at Whaddon Road.

David Pipe was an unused substitute for Newport County, who lost 3-2 at Crewe Alexandra, as was Jordan Tillson for Exeter, who played out a goalless draw with Morecambe at St James’ Park.

Adam Dawson wasn’t in the Macclesfield side that recorded a 2-0 away win at Grimsby Town; I’m guessing the reason for that is because he was registered too late to be included but could find no confirmation of that.

After a run of 10 games without a win, Yeovil Town beat Mansfield Town 1-0 at Field Mill. Alefe Santos stayed on the bench for the Glovers, as did Conrad Logan for the Stags. Ryan Sweeney, though, completed the ninety minutes for the home side and also collected a yellow card.

Keith Curle and his Northampton Town side, with Andy Williams in the lineup, were 3-0 home winners against another of Curle’s former clubs, Carlisle United. Tom Parkes was in the Carlisle side whose six match winning run came to an end.

Bottom club Notts County, with Daniel Jones on the bench, were beaten 1-0 by Cambridge United at Meadow Lane in front of a crowd of 15,026. The U’s were without the services of Reggie Lambe.

Also missing from action was Port Vale’s Cristian Montano and his side suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Colchester United. Harry Pell scored twice for the visitors, who moved up to fourth place, just one point off an automatic promotion place.

Joe Martin might have returned to Stevenage, but he wasn’t in the side that recorded a 2-1 home win against Crawley Town.

Leaders Lincoln City collected a point from a 2-2 draw at Swindon Town. John Akinde was in the Lincoln side, but there was no sign of Bernard Mensah in their matchday squad. The Imps ended the match with nine men, picking up a red card in each half.

It was FA Trophy second round day and AFC Fylde went through to the next round courtesy of a 1-0 home win against Biggleswade Town, while Barnet were also home winners, 2-1 against Dorchester Town. Andy Bond was a 69th minute substitute for Fylde. The connections in the Barnet game were, of course, John Still for the home side and Josh Bailey for Dorchester. Josh is currently injured but was still at The Hive, helping out with matchday commentary for the visitors.

Ricky Shakes was in the Boreham Wood side beaten 1-0 at Blyth Spartans, while Danny Woodards was on the bench and was sent on at the start of the second half.

It’s the end of the road for Salisbury, though, beaten 4-1 at Carshalton Athletic, with Darren Mullings an unused substitute.

Jamie Fullarton’s FC Halifax Town will have to take on Solihull Moors again in a replay following their 2-2 draw against the side that has James Quinn as assistant manager and Nathan Blissett, who scored his side’s second goal after 58 minutes.

nathan blissett - photo credit neil brookman
Nathan Blissett, the nephew of former England international Luther Blissett, started out with Kidderminster Harriers and went out on loan to Cambridge United before signing for Rovers in November 2014.
Following our promotion back into the Football League, he went out on loan to Tranmere Rovers, returned to The Memorial Stadium and then joined Lincoln City on loan before moving to Torquay United, initially on loan before making the move permanent.
He has also played for Plymouth Argyle and Macclesfield Town and recently signed for Solihull Moors.
He has won promotion from the Conference/National League twice, with Rovers and with Macclesfield Town and was with Plymouth when they were runners up in EFL League Two in 2016/17.
[Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]

Hartlepool United are out, though, suffering a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of AFC Telford United. Luke James was in the Hartlepool side and went close to scoring according to the club’s Twitter account; ‘Luke James powers a shot at goal that crashes against the woodwork, bouncing off the underside of the bar and it’s cleared away.’ That was on 58 minutes when Pool were a goal behind.

Hereford won’t be in the hat for round three, either, as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of holders Brackley Town. Danny Greenslade and Eliot Richards were in the Hereford side for this one.

Weymouth had to contend with a 560 mile round trip to face Ramsbottom United and their hosts will now face the same trip on Tuesday, for the replay, after a 2-2 draw. Weymouth are now the only Southern league side left in the Trophy. Abdulai Baggie was in the Weymouth lineup, but Josh Wakefield was missing.

Salford City went through to the next round after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0. Rory Gaffney stayed on the bench for Salford, while Angelo Balanta started for the Daggers.

Wayne Brown was back in the Sutton United squad for their visit to Spennymoor Town, but Charlie Clough was still missing. He’s probably glad he was as the National League side lost 3-0!

Michael Meaker, assistant manager at Truro City, saw his side beaten 5-0 at Stockport County and was actually named on the bench for the clash at Edgeley Park.

Matt Harrold’s second half penalty was enough for Leyton Orient to go through. It was the only goal of the game in their tie at Wrexham, watched by a crowd of 1,949 of which 105 were Orient fans; ‘Matt Harrold gave the O’s the lead shortly after the hour mark, when he converted from the spot after James Brophy was brought down by Wrexham skipper Mark Carrington.’ Said the report on Orient’s website.

Moving on to National League North, where Alfreton Town and Darlington played out a goalless draw in what appears to have been a pretty awful game according to the match report; ‘An absolute non event at the Impact Arena left little to reflect on, as Alfreton continued their unbeaten 2019 with a third successive draw.’ Alex Henshall and Johnny Burn were both named on the Darlo bench and whilst that’s where Burn stayed, Henshall was sent on in the 76th minute.

Marcus Bignot, co manager of Guiseley, saw his side collect a valuable point from a 1-1 draw at Chester. A decent result, given that they played for almost an hour with ten men.

Think I should also mention Kidderminster Harriers this week. They recently sacked their manager Neil MacFarlane and the man in temporary charge is Colin Gordon, who played four games for The Gas, when on loan from Birmingham City, in 1991. He also played eight games for Bristol City when on loan to them from Reading in 1988. Gordon is Kidderminster’s majority shareholder and Chairman and this is the third time he has been their caretaker boss. He couldn’t inspire them to a win, though, as they suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Boston United.

I mentioned last week that Dave Penney had taken over as caretaker manager at York City. Well, his reign lasted just one week, and he didn’t take charge of a game at all. York were without a match this Saturday and have announced that Steve Watson has left his position at Gateshead to take over at Bootham Crescent. Penney, therefore, goes back to be the club’s Sporting Director.

Next, we dip into the Northern Premier league East Division, where Craig Disley and Andy Monkhouse turn out for Cleethorpes Town and Ossett United respectively.

Disley went on in the second half for Cleethorpes, who took a point from a 1-1 draw at Tadcaster Albion, while Monkhouse was in the Ossett side that won on the road, beating Lincoln United 1-0.

Prescot Cables were in action in the West Division and drew 1-1 with Kendal Town. Josh Klein-Davies was named on the bench for Cables and went on in the 63rd minute.

Harlow Town, bottom but one in the Bostik League Premier Division, picked up three valuable points from a 2-1 home win against league leaders Haringey Borough and Tom Hitchcock opened the scoring for them in the first minute, though he also missed an injury time penalty; ‘Drew Richardson whipped in a corner that was met by Tom Hitchcock who rifled it into the top corner.’ Said the match report about his goal and; ‘Hitchcock blazed the penalty over the bar.’ About his spot kick.

In the same division Bognor Regis Town were 2-0 winners at Burgess Hill Town, both goals coming from the penalty spot, the second of which arrived in the 99th minute! Theo Widdrington was in the starting lineup again for Bognor.

As already mentioned, Bishop’s Stortford were without a game, though they have now slipped down to 12th place in the league and are five points off a play off place.

It was a good day for Bath City in National League South, as they recorded a 1-0 home win against East Thurrock United. Sean Rigg scored the all important goal, goalkeeper Ryan Clarke’s clean sheet earned him a place in the Non League Paper’s North & South Team of the Day and Ryan Brunt was sent on as a 76th minute substitute. Victory extended Bath’s unbeaten run to seven and they have kept clean sheets in their last five games.

Will Puddy was on the winning side as Chippenham Town, with Sean Rigg’s cousin George also starting, were 2-1 winners at Billericay Town.

Alex Wall scored both of Concorde Rangers’ goals in their 2-2 draw against Wealdstone who sent on Jeffrey Monakana as a 69th minute substitute. Not sure I’ve mentioned him before this season.  He played three games for The Gas when on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion early in the 2015/16 season.

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Jeffrey Monakana played three games for Rovers in a one month loan spell from Brighton & Hove Albion, in August 2015, against Northampton Town, Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient, all appearances coming from the bench.
Graduated through the Arsenal youth system before joining Preston North End in July 2012. There then followed moves to Colchester United, Brighton & Hove Albion, Crawley Town, Aberdeen, Mansfield Town, Carlisle United, and, after Rovers, FC Voluntari (Romania), Sutton United, Margate and Welling United.  He’s currently playing for Wealdstone.   [Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]

Weston super Mare picked up a point on their travels, from a goalless draw against Eastbourne Borough. Nabi Diallo was named as Weston’s Man of the Match in one report I read, while Jamie Lucas started the match and Ben Swallow was an unused substitute.

There was another goalless draw in the game between Gloucester City and Hungerford Town. Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis and Cameron Hargreaves were both in the Hungerford starting lineup.

Chris Dickson scored his first goal in a while as his Hampton & Richmond Borough side were 2-0 home winners against Dulwich Hamlet, while Scott Davies and Louie Soares both started for Slough Town who were 1-0 home winners against Chelmsford.

It turned out to be a good day for Tyler Lyttle and his Rushall Olympic team mates in their Southern League Premier Central Division clash with Barwell. He scored twice in his side’s 3-1 win and this is what was said on the club’s Twitter account; ‘Two long range rockets from Tyler Lyttle and a determined power through and finish from Simpson Maye do the business for the Pics! A much welcome and deserved three points on the road and a battling performance all round. Get in!’

Marcus Law’s Kettering Town side, with Craig Stanley and Adam Cunnington in their lineup, drew 2-2 at Coalville Town and remain in second place, four points behind leaders Stourbridge, but with three games in hand.

In the Premier South Section, Chesham United were 3-2 winners at Basingstoke Town. Jefferson Louis didn’t score but was introduced as a second half substitute.

Scott McGleish reverted to coaching duties for Hendon, it would seem, as he was missing from the side that lost their eight consecutive league game, going down 3-0 to Metropolitan Police.

I’ve managed to discover another former Gas player who I haven’t mentioned before, in Jerel Ifil who is now turning out for Swindon Supermarine. He was in the side that beat Staines Town 3-0 and he was credited with the first of those goals, I think!; ‘Finally the breakthrough is made. @Ifilfit has a shot from a corner. There’s a deflection and a half clearance off the line and it goes just over the line off the post. It’s probably going to go down as an own goal.’ Reported the club’s Twitter account.

Liam Armstrong was again in goal for Tiverton Town, who suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Poole Town. In the same division Gavin Williams saw his Merthyr Town side lose 4-0 at Wimborne Town, while Frome Town and Taunton Town were without a game.

Many thanks to Stephen Byrne for pointing out that former Gas striker Justin Richards is now with Southern League Premier Division One Central side Sutton Coldfield Town. However, he wasn’t in the squad that played out a 4-4 draw against Corby Town on Saturday – will keep an eye out to see if he returns to the starting lineup!

In Division One South, leaders Yate Town lost 3-1 at Bideford and slipped down to second place. Harry Warwick scored Yate’s goal. Toby Rennie, a former Gas Academy player, and Ollie Mehew were in the Yate starting lineup with Warwick, while Sam Kamara returned to the squad and was on the bench.

Mangotsfield United took a valuable point from a goalless draw against Evesham United at Cossham Street, though it came at a price as goalkeeper Kieran Hodges dislocated his shoulder towards the end of the first half and didn’t reappear for the second period.

Melksham Town suffered a fifth consecutive defeat against Paulton Rovers, who themselves went into this game having lost their last six. However, Rovers ran out 4-0 winners, which will have been pleasing for assistant managers Paul Tovey and Gary Powell. Nuno Felix was in the Melksham side for this one while Jay Malpas was on the bench for Paulton and went on with 12 minutes remaining.

And, on a day when the Southern league celebrated its 125th anniversary, Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic were 4-1 winners at Street, with Lewis Powell scoring two of them.

Windsor FC were in action against Cheltenham Saracens in the Blue Fin Challenge Cup quarter final and Barry Hayles got a taste of the action when going on as an 83rd minute substitute. Windsor have been drawn away to either Bishop’s Cleeve or Almondsbury FC in the semi final of the competition.

In the Total Motion MFL Premier League, Sam Oji and Jordan Goddard were in the Highgate United side that recorded a 2-0 home win against Loughborough University.

Anwar Uddin’s Glebe recorded a 3-0 home win against Deal in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division.

The three former Gas players who are managing local teams, didn’t do very well this weekend. Only Chipping Sodbury Town manager Joe White saw his side take anything from the days’ games. They drew 2-2 against Brislington while Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George lost 3-0 at Hengrove Athletic, while Ray Johnston’s Hallen side went down 1-0 at Bridgwater Town.

In Scottish League One, Darryl Duffy went on as a 78th minute substitute for Airdrieonians in their 1-1 draw against Raith Rovers, while in League Two David McCracken was an unused substitute for second placed Peterhead who won 2-0 at Albion Rovers.

There was also a return to matchdays for Alan Gow who was an unused substitute for Queens Park in their 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Edinburgh City.

Thanks to Stephen Byrne for advising me of Gow’s move to Queens Park and also for letting me know that Garry Kenneth was turning out for Lochee United in the Scottish Lowland league. They won 2-0 against Blairgowrie, though I’m not sure if Kenneth played. Something I’ll need to check!

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Midfielder Alan Gow joined Queens Park in December 2018 and was on the bench for them last Saturday having made his debut against Elgin City on 22nd December following one game for Stirling Albion in October.
Spent his early career in his native Scotland and turned out for Clydebank, Airdrie United, Falkirk and rangers before making a loan move to Blackpool. There was another loan move to Norwich City and then a permanent move to Plymouth Argyle before he headed back to Scotland to play for Hibernian, on loan, and then Motherwell.
From there it was on to Notts County and then over to India to play for East Bengal.  From the delights of India it was back to the delights of Devon and Exeter City and it from there that he signed, on loan, for Rovers. That was in February 2014 but a promising start ended in his fourth game for the club, at Scunthorpe, where he was stretchered off with ligament damage.  He was treated in hospital in Scunthorpe, the team coach returning to Bristol without him, with Director Barry Bradshaw remaining until he was discharged and driving him back to the West Country.
He missed the rest of the season and then played for St Mirren and had the one game with Stirling Albion before the move to Queens Park.    [Photo Credit – JMP]

In Wales, Barry Town United beat Aberystwyth Town 2-1, with Kayne McLaggon in their side, to finish the first phase of the Welsh Premier league season in pole position. They now have to play another ten games in phase two.

One step down, Haverfordwest County drew 2-2 against Cambrian and Clydach, though trying to find out if Kaid Mohamed made an appearance for Haverfordwest is proving to be a task too far as there is no trace of a teamsheet on their Twitter account or website!

Over in Ireland, in the NIPL, Seanan Clucas picked up a yellow card while playing for Dungannon Swifts in their 2-2 away draw at Ballymena United. Crusaders weren’t in action and don’t play until next Saturday but whether or not Mark McChrystal is involved remains to be seen.

Championship side Larne FC and Jeff Hughes weren’t in action either, and play their next game, against Loughall, next Saturday.

On Sunday, Mustapha Carayol was an unused substitute for Apollon Limasol who were 2-1 winners against AC Omonia in the Cypriot First Division

In case you’re wondering about some of the former ex Gas players who are involved in football overseas, then Jake Clarke-Salter, Mikkel Andersen and Stephane Leoni are with clubs who have taken a winter break (Vitesse Arnhem, FC Midtlylland and Sarre-Union).

Finally, I note that Plymouth Argyle legends drew 4-4 against Railway Inn on Sunday. The legends side raise quite a lot of money for charity by playing half a dozen or so games throughout the season. I’ve not seen a lineup for the match, but Chris Hargreaves and David Byrne were named in the squad to travel. Hopefully, more on them at a later date!



Chapter 22 –  Week commencing 31st December 2018

New Year’s Eve saw one game featuring a former Gas player, Kayne McLaggon being the man in question, and he was in the Barry Town United side beaten 3-0 at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In spite of this result, though, Barry ended 2018 sitting at the top of the Welsh Premier League.

Into 2019 and New Year’s Day saw Rovers make it 10 points from 12 over the festive period, with a goalless draw against Burton Albion at the Memorial Stadium, their sixth drawn game on 1st January and their 14th home game (out of 29) on this date.

There was a former Gas player in the Burton squad, though, in the shape of Chris Beardsley. Now 34 Beardsley, who scored once in 24 games for us in 2013/14, is the fitness coach with the Brewers and was only on the bench because of an injury/illness crisis at the club.

Chris Beardsley scored once in 24 league games for Rovers in the relegation season of 2013/14.
His career began with Mansfield Town before moves to Worksop Town, Doncaster Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers, Mansfield Town (again), Rushed & Diamonds, York City, Kettering Town, Kidderminster Harriers (again), Stevenage, Preston North End, Rovers, Stevenage (again), and Mansfield Town (again), before linking up with Burton Albion, where he is a fitness coach, in August last year.
A little bit of a football nomad, just like Scott McGleish, who is also featured in this article, I make it that he’s so far had 17 moves in his career.
[Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
In the Premier League, goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and his Cardiff City side were beaten 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspur and it could have been a lot more, as those three goals all came in the opening 26 minutes.

In the Championship, another former Gas goalkeeper, Joe Lumley, was in action at Villa Park where his QPR side gained a point from a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa. He also picked up a yellow card!

Staying with goalkeepers, Luke Daniels is the perennial substitute, it seems, as he once again kept the Brentford bench warm in their 1-1 draw against Norwich City. There was another 1-1 draw at Pride Park, where Tony Pulis and his Middlesbrough side took a valuable point against Derby County.

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As a player, Tony Pulis spent two spells with Rovers either side of time in Hong Kong with Happy Valley. He subsequently played for Newport County, Bournemouth (two spells) and Gillingham.
As a manger he has taken charge of Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke City (twice), Plymouth Argyle, Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion before his move to current club Middlesbrough.
This photo was taken at Phil Kite’s testimonial match at The Memorial Stadium when he was still in charge of West Brom
[Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Bottom of the table Ipswich Town suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Millwall, though Ellis Harrison did complete 90 minutes for them. The Gas winner on the day, though, was Millwall coach Adam Barratt, who saw his side claim their first away win of the season and pull further away from the relegation zone.

Oli McBurnie and Connor Roberts were both on the scoresheet for Swansea City, 4-1 winners at Reading. McBurnie scored twice, including one from the penalty spot. Former Gas goalie Sam Walker was back in the Reading squad and was an unused substitute.

Matty Taylor, meanwhile, was an 84th minute substitute for Bristol City in their 2-0 win at Stoke City.

In the league that counts (for Gas fans at least!) Blackpool, with Marc Bola in their side, were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland at Bloomfield Road. There was a crowd of 10,994 in for this one, just wonder how many of them were Sunderland fans given the fact that the majority of Blackpool supporters boycott their home games.

In the battle of the Uniteds’ at London Road, Peterborough were beaten 2-0 by Scunthorpe. While Aaron Chapman warmed the Posh bench, Matt Lund was again missing from the depleted Scunthorpe squad (they were only able to name five substitutes).

Lee Brown, who came off injured after only 19 minutes of Portsmouth’s previous game, has a hamstring injury and was missing from the Pompey side that beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 at Fratton Park.

Matt Macey was again missing from the Plymouth Argyle lineup at Home Park but his side, with Gary Sawyer in the lineup, were comfortable 3-0 winners against Oxford United.

Two Towns met at Shrewsbury, where Fleetwood picked up an away point from a goalless draw. Ollie Norburn was in the Shrews’ side, while Cian Bolger was an unused Fleetwood substitute.

Tom Eaves was in the Gillingham side but couldn’t find the back of the net on this occasion and his side were beaten 2-0 by Southend United at Roots Hall.

Wycombe Wanderers suffered a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Coventry City, though the only former Gas player on show was Paris Cowan-Hall, who was an unused substitute for the Chairboys.

Moving into League Two and Mansfield Town, with Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney in their side, strengthened their promotion credentials with a 1-0 win at Grimsby Town.

The Stags are in fourth place two points ahead of Bury, 3-1 home winners against Crewe Alexandra. Dominic Telford was a 70th minute substitute for the Shakers in this one.

Harry Pell and his Colchester United side were beaten 2-0 by ten man Crawley Town, a result that saw them drop out of the play off places and end the day in eighth place.

Keith Curle’s Northampton Town side, with Andy Williams leading the attack, lost 2-1 at Forest Green Rovers, the winning goal for the home side arriving in the 94th minute.

League leaders Lincoln City were held to a 1-1 draw by Port Vale at Sincil Bank and started the game with three former Gas players on the bench. One of them, John Akinde, went on as a second half substitute but the other two, Sam Slocombe and Bernard Mensah, sat out the ninety minutes. Cristian Montano was a 71st minute substitute for Vale.

Biggest winners of the day were MK Dons. With Lee Nichols in goal, they thrashed struggling Cambridge United 6-0. Reggie Lambe started the game for Cambridge but was taken off at half time when his side were 3-0 down.

A resurgent Carlisle United, with Tom Parkes in their side, moved into the final play off place following their 2-0 win at Morecambe. Bottom club Notts County, meanwhile, were beaten 2-0 at Oldham Athletic and once again Daniel Jones and Elliot Ward were missing from the Magpies’ squad.

David Pipe was an unused Newport County substitute in their 1-0 defeat at Stevenage, while Jordan Tillson was a 90th minute substitute for Exeter City in their 2-0 win at Swindon Town.

Things aren’t looking good for Yeovil Town and their manager Darren Way. Beaten 4-1 by Cheltenham Town, some of their supporters on the phone in I listened to, want Way out and Darrell Clarke as their new manager! Alefe Santos was again in the Yeovil lineup for this one but the Glovers have only won once in their last 17 matches and are just three points clear of the relegation zone. The in demand Ryan Broom (allegedly wanted by Burton Albion) was missing from the Cheltenham squad.

AFC Fylde, in third place in the National League going into their home game against Barrow, slipped down a place following their goalless draw, Andy Bond went on as a 65th minute substitute in this one.

Gary Waddock’s Aldershot Town extended their winless run to nine with a goalless draw against Maidenhead United. At least he was able to name four substitutes for this one, so his injury list must be getting smaller! Alfie Kilgour was again in the Maidenhead side who still occupy one of the relegation places.

Barnet Head of Football John Still saw his side draw 1-1 against Boreham Wood who had Danny Woodards and Ricky Shakes in their starting lineup.

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John Still, who was our assistant manager in 2002/03 and for the first few months of the following season.
A gifted amateur footballer who made one league appearance for Leyton Orient and then appeared, briefly, for Bishop’s Stortford and then Dagenham before a knee injury curtailed his career.
Probably one of the most gifted managers in the lower league/non-league game, his managerial career saw him guide three teams to promotion to the Football League from non-league, namely Maidstone United, Dagenham & Redbridge and Luton Town. He enjoyed three spells as manager of the daggers and three with Barnet and had taken charge of over 2,000 games before calling time on his stints in the dugout so that he could become Head of Football with Barnet.
One of football’s genuinely nice guys, let’s hope he is involved in the game for many years to come.
[Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Bottom club Braintree Town, with Lyle Della-Verde in their starting lineup, suffered a 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Ebbsfleet United and are now eight points from safety.

Eastleigh, with Chris Zebroski an unused substitute, were 2-1 home winners against Havant & Waterlooville, while Jamie Fullarton’s FC Halifax Town drew 1-1 at home to Harrogate Town, their equaliser arriving in the 91st minute.

Luke James was in the Hartlepool United side that were 2-1 winners against Gateshead, while Matt Harrold was a 77th minute substitute for League leaders Leyton Orient who beat Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 at Brisbane Road. Angelo Balanta was again in the Daggers’ side.

Orient are four points clear of second placed Wrexham, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at Salford City. Rory Gaffney was restored to the Salford starting lineup for this one and scored their second goal on the hour mark.

Solihull Moors assistant manager and their recent signing Nathan Blissett had to settle for a point from a 2-2 home draw against Chesterfield who shared the points for the 13th time this season.

Charlie Clough and Wayne Brown were again missing from the Sutton United squad, beaten 2-1 at Bromley.

In National League North, Guiseley co manager Marcus Bignot saw his side record a 2-1 away win at Bradford (Park Avenue), while Chester, with Adam Dawson used as an 81st minute substitute took a point from a goalless home draw against Southport.

Hereford were beaten 2-1 at Kidderminster Harriers where they had 911 supporters in the crowd of 2,745. Danny Greenslade started the match for Hereford, while Eliot Richards and Martin Horsell were named on the bench. Richards went on just before the hour mark, while Greenslade collected a second half yellow card.

Johnny Burn and Alex Henshall were both missing from the Darlington side beaten 4-0 by York City at Bootham Crescent.

Hampton & Richmond Borough, with Chris Dickson on the bench, suffered a fourth straight defeat as they slipped to a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Woking.

Slough Town, with Scott Davies in their lineup and Louie Soares on the bench, also lost at home, going down 1-0 against Wealdstone.

No problems for Bath City, though, as they thrashed local rivals Chippenham Town 5-0 at Twerton Park. Their biggest crowd of the season, 1,727 saw the Romans register their biggest ever New Year’s Day victory. Ryan Clarke started for Bath, while Ryan Brunt was a 72nd minute substitute while George Rigg was in the Chippenham side and Will Puddy was on the bench.

Bradley Goldberg was a 67th minute substitute for Welling United, who lost 1-0 at Dartford, but Weston super Mare won on their travels, beating Gloucester City 3-1. Jamie Lucas started, and scored, while Nabi Diallo also started, and Ben Swallow was named on the bench.

Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis was named as Hungerford Town’s Player of the Match for his performance in their 2-1 win at Oxford City. Cameron Hargreaves was also in the Hungerford starting XI.

Down at Plainmoor, away side Torquay United were 3-1 winners on their own pitch against Truro City. Good New Year’s Day, therefore, for the Gulls’ assistant boss Aaron Downes, though not so good for his opposite number Michael Meaker. Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist was in the Truro side.

Cleethorpes Town of Northern Premier League East Division were away at Frickley Athletic and Craig Disley was again named as a substitute and was called on late in the second half of the game that ended 1-1.

In the same division, Ossett United attracted a record attendance of 618 and, with Andy Monkhouse in their side, were 4-0 winners against Brighouse Town.

Next up it’s the Bostik League Premier Division and Theo Widdrington was in action for Bognor Regis Town, who were 4-1 winners at Whitehawk.

The Evostik Southern Premier League Central saw a clash between two sides from Northamptonshire, Marcus Law’s Kettering Town and AFC Rushden & Diamonds and the manager saw his side win 2-1 thanks to a goal on the 94th minute. Adam Cunnington and Craig Stanley were both in the Kettering side.

Rushall Olympic began the New Year with a 1-1 draw against league leaders Stourbridge and Tyler Lyttle went close to giving them a late victory; ‘Tyler Lyttle went close with a free kick on 87 minutes…’

There were 303 spectators at Hendon for their game against Chesham United, who won this encounter 1-0. Scott McGleish was making his debut for Hendon, at the age of 44 years and ten months, against one of his (many) former clubs. Jefferson Louis, at the age of 39, was in the Chesham side and they won the match by a single goal, scored in the 92nd minute.

Kings Langley, with Rene Howe in their lineup, were 1-0 home winners against Walton Casuals, while Merthyr Town manager Gavin Williams saw his side come out on top against league leaders Taunton Town, winning 3-1. Pierce Mitchell was on the bench for Taunton.

Darren Mullings was in the Salisbury side that recorded a 1-0 home win against Danny Greaves’ Frome Town. Seventeen year old Tom Mehew made his first start for Frome in this match, though he was injured in the first half and had to come off after only 43 minutes. This is what Greaves said on the club’s Twitter account; ‘A really positive performance, but a shame he was forced off with an injury. Early signs aren’t looking good. We wish him a speedy recovery.’

tom mew, who was injured on new year_s day when making his first start for frome town. photo credit jmp
Tom Mehew, who was injured on New Year’s Day when making his first start for Frome Town. [Photo Credit – JMP]
Tiverton Town, in front of a crowd of 314 and with Liam Armstrong in goal, suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Dorchester Town while second placed Weymouth could only make up a point on leaders Taunton Town, as they played out a 2-2 home draw against Poole Town. Josh Wakefield started the match for Weymouth but came off after 70 minutes.

Moving on to Division One South, and Paulton Rovers were beaten 3-2 at Bideford Town so not a good start to 2019 for assistant managers Paul Tovey and Gary Powell. Jay Malpas was in the Paulton side, while Powell was an unused substitute.

Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic were involved in a six goal thriller at The Creek, where they and Manor Farm played out a 3-3 draw. The home side were in front on three occasions but were denied victory by Lewis Powell, who scored an 88th minute penalty. Geraint Bater started for The Larks, while Matt Groves and Powell began the game on the bench.

Kieran Hodges was in goal for Mangotsfield United, who were beaten 5-1 by Cirencester Town and there was a former Rovers youngster, Tyrone Tucker-Dixon, on the bench for The Mangos.

Yate Town returned to the top of the table following their 2-0 win at Melksham Town, watched by a crowd of 503. Ollie Mehew was on the mark for Yate, scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot.

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Ollie Mehew, who has scored penalties in successive games for top of the table Yate Town.
Pictured here in action challenging current Rovers player Theo Widdrington, in an FA Youth Cup Tie against Portsmouth in 2015.
Theo is now on loan at Bognor Regis Town.
[Photo Credit – JMP]
In the Northern Ireland Premier League, Crusaders were 3-2 home winners against Ballymena United but Mark McChrystal was again missing from their squad. Meanwhile Dungannon Swifts, with Seanan Clucas in their side, were 4-2 winners at Glentoran FC.

Wednesday saw six Premier league games take place and Brighton & Hove Albion assistant manager Paul Trollope saw his side take a point from a 2-2 draw at West Ham United.

On Friday evening French side Chateauroux were knocked out of the French Cup, losing 4-1 at Nantes, though there was no sign of Oumare Tounkara in their lineup.

Saturday saw Rovers without a game as Peterborough United, who we were due to play, were involved in the FA Cup.

In that competition, Paul Trollope and Brighton & Hove Albion went through to round three thanks to a 3-1 win at AFC Bournemouth.

Ollie Norburn’s penalty on the stroke of half time gave Shrewsbury Town the lead against Stoke City, but a second half equaliser from Peter Crouch means the sides will meet again in a replay in ten days’ time.

League One side Accrington Stanley beat bottom of the table Ipswich Town 1-0 at The Wham Stadium. Ellis Harrison was an 80th minute substitute for Ipswich, sent on four minutes after they conceded the only goal of the match.

Connor Roberts was in the Swansea City side that recorded a 3-0 win against fellow Championship side Aston Villa at Villa Park and there was a rare game for Brentford keeper Luke Daniels, who kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Oxford United at Griffin Park.

There were 5,500 Lincoln supporters in a Goodison Park crowd of 37,900 and they saw their team lose by the odd goal in three. John Akinde started the match for the Imps, while Sam Slocombe and Bernard Mensah took up their usual places on the bench.

AFC Wimbledon won through to the fourth round for the first time, a 90yth minute goal seeing them through 3-2 against Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium. Cian Bolger was missing from the Fleetwood squad.

The shock of the day came at The Priestfield Stadium where Gillingham, with Tom Eaves in their side, beat Premier League Cardiff City 1-0. The visitors rested goalkeeper Neil Etheridge for this one, so don’t blame him!

Another former Gas goalie will no doubt be pleased that he spent the afternoon on the bench. Peterborough United’s Aaron Chapman watched his side lose 5-0 against Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side at the Riverside Stadium. The Posh capitulated in the second half, as it was goalless at the break.

Blackpool supporters continued their boycott of home matches and there were more Arsenal supporters (5,218) inside Bloomfield Road than Blackpool fans (3,777). The home side, with Marc Bola playing against his former club, were beaten 3-0.

Matty Taylor was a 67th minute substitute for Bristol City who beat the Premier League’s bottom side, Huddersfield Town, 1-0 at Ashton Gate.

League One leaders Portsmouth scored a 95th minute goal at Carrow Road to dump second placed Championship side Norwich City out of the competition. They did it without any help from Lee Brown, still missing with a hamstring injury. Pompey’s win means that Rovers will be without a game on 26th January, the date of our scheduled visit to play them at Fratton Park. They will be otherwise engaged!

There were just three games in League One and there was no Rovers interest in any of them as Matt Lund was missing from the Scunthorpe side that registered a 2-0 home win over Coventry City to move up to 17th place and push everyone else at the bottom of the table down a place, including Rovers who slipped to 20th.

In League Two, struggling Cambridge United, without Reggie Lambe in their squad, were 2-0 winners against Stevenage.

Carlisle, without a manager following John Sheridan’s resignation, were 3-2 home winners against Mansfield Town. Tom Parkes was in the Carlisle side, while Conrad Logan and Ryan Sweeney started for Mansfield (Sweeney was taken off at half time, possibly due to the fact that the Stags had a man sent off as the players headed for the tunnel at the end of the first half).

Harry Pell rescued a point for Colchester United in their 3-3 draw against bottom club Notts County thanks to his 67th minute penalty. County were 3-1 ahead at one point, one of their goals being scored by Daniel Jones.

Ryan Broom returned to the Cheltenham Town squad and was a 63rd minute substitute in their 1-0 defeat at Crawley Town.

Alefe Santos started again for Yeovil in their home game against Bury, but their miserable run continues as they lost 1-0. Byron Moore (73 minutes) and Dominic Telford (87 minutes) were both used from the bench by the Shakers.

The National League was the place for goals, though, and five of them were scored at Bromley where the home side scored three. AFC Fylde could only manage two and lost ground in the title race. Andy Bond started for Fylde but came off at half time.

Dagenham & Redbridge and Boreham Wood shared eight goals at Victoria Road, where Angelo Balanta was playing against another of his former sides. He scored on the stroke of half time to make it 3-3, by which time Ricky Shakes had already scored for the visitors. The third former Gasman on show, Danny Woodards, went on as a 27th minute substitute for Boreham Wood.

Jamie Fullarton’s FC Halifax Town played out the only goalless draw in the division, against Braintree Town. Lyle Della-Verde was an 81st minute substitute for Braintree.

Alfie Kilgour and his Maidenhead United team mates lifted themselves out of the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at Gateshead, and Kilgour was included in the Non League Paper’s National League Team of the Day.

However, Luke James and his Hartlepool side suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Maidstone United.

Top of the table Leyton Orient suffered a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of Salford City, who moved into second place. Matt Harrold was an unused substitute for the O’s, while Rory Gaffney scored Salford’s second goal after only eight minutes. The crowd at the Matchroom Stadium (Brisbane Road to you and I!) was 6,937.

Solihull Moors’ assistant manager James Quinn saw his side record a 4-1 home win against Eastleigh. Nathan Blissett scored his third goal in four games for the Moors, while Chris Zebroski was a 75th minute substitute for Eastleigh.

Sutton United, without the services of Charlie Clough and Wayne Brown, were 2-1 home winners against Harrogate Town

National League North side Darlington, with Johnny Burn an unused substitute, were 3-0 home winners against Kidderminster Harriers. No sign of Alex Henshall in the Quakers’ squad, though.

Hereford scored a 96th minute equaliser in their 1-1 draw against league leaders Chorley at Edgar Street. Danny Greenslade again completed 90 minutes for The Bulls, Eliot Richards went on at the start of the second half and Martin Horsell was an unused substitute.

Guiseley co manager Marcus Bignot saw his side play out a home 1-1 draw against Leamington in front of a crowd of 683, a result which sees them down in 17th place ahead of their visit to 16th placed Southport on Tuesday.

In National League South, Chris Dickson was on the losing side as his Hampton & Richmond Borough side lost 2-0 at Chelmsford City.

Chippenham Town, meanwhile, suffered a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Eastbourne Borough. Will Puddy was in goal for this one and George Rigg was also in the side.

Bath City moved into fourth place following their 2-0 win at Dulwich Hamlet. Goalkeeper Ryan Clarke was the only ex Gasman on duty for this one.

Hungerford Town, with Charlie Ten-Grotenhuis and Cameron Hargreaves in their side (and both receiving an eight out of ten for their performances) were 2-1 home winners against Concord Rangers.

With boss Gary Johnson serving the first of a two game ban and watching from the stands, Aaron Downes was in touchline control of Torquay United who extended their unbeaten run to a club record 16 games (they have won their last 10) with a 4-0 win against Slough Town at Plainmoor.

The Torquay faithful must be believing again, as there was a crowd of 2,614 in for this one and they saw a Slough side reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time. Scott Davies (69 minutes) and Louie Soares (73 minutes) were both used from the bench by the visitors.

Welling United were 5-3 winners against Truro City and Bradley Goldberg opened the scoring for the home side with a 16th minute penalty. No awayday joy for Truro assistant boss Michael Meaker, on a day when a club statement appeared to indicate that their groundshare agreement with Torquay United was at an end.

Weston super Mare’s one match winning run ended abruptly, as they lost 3-2 to Billericay Town at the Woodspring Stadium. Nabi Diallo and Jamie Lucas both started this match, while Ben Swallow was an unused substitute.

It was FA Vase fourth round day, and Windsor recorded a 4-1 away win at AFC Uckfield Town, though there was no sign of player/coach Barry Hayles in their squad.

As far as I know, there were no other ex Gas involved in the remaining fixtures, though I stand to be corrected.

Northern Premier League East Division side Cleethorpes Town were 4-2 home winners against third placed Pontefract Collieries and the match report from the game mentioned former Gas man Craig Disley, who; ‘entered the fray after 62 minutes with Jack Richardson withdrawn.’ The report went on to say that; ‘it was a full bloodied 90 minutes plus, with cards and incidents galore but, most importantly, another vital three points for a Clee side rapidly gaining momentum.’ They are now in 12th place, eight points behind Saturday’s opponents.

Cleethorpes are also four points behind Ossett United, who were 1-0 home winners against Sheffield FC, the oldest football club in the country if memory serves me right though (on their Twitter feed they say they are the world’s first football club, so I stand corrected!) I digress! Andy Monkhouse was in the Ossett side as they continue their climb up the table and this victory was played out in front of a crowd of 586.

Prescot Cables, of the West Division of the Northern Premier League, played out a 4-4 draw against Market Drayton in front of just 75 people. Josh Klein-Davies returned to the Prescot squad for this one and went on in the 85th minute.

In the Bostik League Premier Division, Jamie Cureton’s Bishop’s Stortford side were beaten 3-0 at home by second placed Kingstonian. Assistant manager Cureton was in the Bishop’s side and, according to the club’s Twitter feed went close on 66 minutes; ‘Chance for Cureton 18 yards out but his poked effort is wide of the target.’

Bognor Regis Town, with Theo Widdrington in their side, were 2-0 home winners against Carshalton Athletic, though he did pick up a card of the yellow variety; ‘Widdrington got in the way of a free kick and was shown a yellow card on 22 minutes.’ Think there might be something missing there – why would you be booked for getting in the way of a free kick unless you were less than ten yards away? – anyway, that’s what the match report says!

In the same division, Harlow Town, with Tom Hitchcock in their lineup, played out a goalless draw with Corinthian Casuals. Not a bad result when you consider that they had a player sent off after only 18 minutes.

In the Southern League Premier Central Division, Marcus Law’s Kettering Town were 2-1 home winners against Tamworth. Craig Stanley was in the starting lineup for the winners, and while Adam Cunnington was named on the bench he actually started as one of his team mates was taken ill after arriving at the ground. After the game Stanley was interviewed for Poppies TV; ‘Paul Cooke speaks to @Staners6 Tom Cherry and @algerj following Kettering Town’s 2-1 win against @tamworthfc’.

Meanwhile, in the same division, Rushall Olympic with Tyler Lyttle in their side, were beaten 3-1 at home by Redditch United.

Chesham United, of the Premier South Division, played out a goalless home draw against Beaconsfield Town, so no goals for Jefferson Louis, who was in the Chesham starting XI, to add to his tally.

Danny Greaves and his Frome Town side celebrated a win, though, beating Wimborne Town 1-0 at Badgers Hill. With injuries causing him a selection headache, Greaves had to play in goal for this one and managed to save a first half penalty!; ‘Greaves saved well to his right from Toby Holmes, to his obvious delight.’

Scott McGleish was again in the Hendon side for their game against Kings Langley, but his side suffered a 2-1 home defeat with Rene Howe scoring a 71st minute winner for the visitors.

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Scott McGleish, who recently made his debut for Hendon just a couple of months shy of his 45th Birthday.
By my reckoning his move to Hendon, in December, was the 23rd of his career, one which began at Edgware Town, carried on to Charlton Athletic and then Leyton Orient (four spells with them), Peterborough United, Colchester United (two spells with them), Cambridge United, Barnet (two spells with them), Northampton Town (two spells with them), Wycombe Wanderers, Rovers, Whitehawk, Chesham United (two spells with them), Enfield Town, Wealdstone, Cheshunt and, finally, Hendon.
Signed for Rovers by Paul Buckle in the summer of 2-11, he scored seven goals in 27 league games, including one on his debut at AFC Wimbledon on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign.
[Photo Credit – Neil Brookman]
Gavin Williams saw his side suffer a 2-1 home defeat as well, as they went down to Salisbury, though Darren Mullings was missing from the Salisbury side.

Pierce Mitchell was in the Taunton Town side that took on Dorchester Town, but the league leaders had to be content with a point from a 1-1 draw.

Second placed Weymouth reduced the points deficit between themselves and Taunton to four points (and they have two games in hand) by beating Tiverton Town 2-1. Josh Wakefield scored and was named Weymouth’s Man of the Match.

Also in the Weymouth side was another player who, like Wakefield, was on our books but never played a first team game. Anyone remember Abdulai Baggie being with us on loan towards the end of the 2014/15 season? His girlfriend at the time was the sister of Adam Lallana though you probably didn’t need to know that!

Liam Armstrong was in goal for ‘Tivvy’, having agreed to stay with them until the end of the season

Moving on to Division One South and Mangotsfield United’s losing streak continued with a 2-1 defeat at AFC Totton. Kieran Hodges was again in goal for Mangotsfield who are now third from bottom of the table, with only Fleet Town and Barnstaple Town below them.

Phil Bater’s Larkhall Athletic also suffered a 2-1 defeat, at home against Moneyfields. Lewis Powell’s penalty had given the Larks the lead early on, but the visitors equalised before the break and scored the winning goal in the second half. Geraint Bater and Matt Groves also started for Larkhall, while Neil Arndale was on the bench.

There was another 2-1 scoreline at Paulton, where Rovers were the losers against Bristol Manor Farm. Jay Malpas started this one and Trey Anderson was on the bench while assistant managers Paul Tovey and Gary Powell watched from the sidelines.

League leaders Yate Town recorded another win, and moved three points clear of Blackfield & Langley, beating Street FC 1-0 at Lodge Road. The points were secured by Ollie Mehew, who scored from the penalty spot on 71 minutes. It was Mehew’s second penalty success in a matter of days, as he also scored from the spot in the win over Melksham Town on New Year’s Day. (Excellent match report and photos in the Non League Paper) Harry Warwick was a 60th minute substitute for the winners.

Joe White’s Chipping Sodbury Town recorded a 3-2 win at Plymouth Parkway, who were bidding for a tenth straight win. Joe even found time to get on the scoresheet, notching his side’s third goal.

Ray Johnstone’s Hallen were beaten 3-0 at Wellington, while Andy Gurney’s Roman Glass St George were held to a 1-1 home draw by Hengrove Athletic.

In the Scottish league One Airdrieonians were 2-1 away winners against East Fife, with Darryl Duffy going on as a 90th minute substitute.

In League Two, second placed Peterhead suffered a 2-1 home defeat against third placed Clyde and once again they were without the services of David McCracken.

In Wales, Kayne McLaggon scored a 51st minute goal for Barry Town United in their 5-2 away win at Cefn Druids.

In the Welsh League Division One Haverdfordwest County AFC were 4-0 winners at Afan Lido. Kaid Mohammed was named on the bench for this one and went on in the second half.

In the Irish Cup Fifth Round, Dungannon Swifts were 1-0 winners at Cliftonville, with Seanan Clucas scoring the all important goal. (Check out the video on the BBC website!).

Crusaders also went through to the next round, as they beat Glentoran 4-1 without the services of Mark McChrystal. Larne, with Jeff Hughes in their side, are also through. They beat Newry City 2-1.

Sunday morning saw a press release from Rovers confirming that Graham Coughlan had been officially appointed as manager of Rovers, being given a two and a half year contract.

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Rovers’ new manager Graham Coughlan
[Photo credit – JMP]
A former Rovers boss was also in the news, as York City’s Sporting Director Dave Penney took over as caretaker boss following the dismissal of manager Sam Collins.

There were another eight FA Cup ties played on Sunday afternoon and in an all Championship tie at The Den Millwall coach Adam Barratt saw The Lions beat Hull City (The Tigers) 2-1.

At Loftus Road there was another 2-1 win for the home side as QPR beat Leeds United. Joe Lumley appears to have been rested for this one and was on the bench for the ninety minutes.

John Still’s decision to be Head of Football at Barnet appears to have inspired his team. The National League side who beat Rovers in the previous round, were 1-0 winners at Sheffield United. I’m not being paid for advertising the Non League paper, honestly, but another excellent article in this week’s edition was all about John Still, as told to the paper by Anwar Uddin, who played for The Gas when Still was assistant manager here and also played for him at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Uddin, by the way, is now a manager himself, with Glebe in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division. They lost 2-1 to Croydon on Saturday and are 13th in the league with 27 points from 22 games. Anwar combines his managerial role with his full time role as Diversity and Campaigns Manager with the Football Supporters Federation.

Last, but by no means least, Newport County produced, arguably, the result of the round in the televised teatime match. They beat Premier League side Leicester City 2-1 at Rodney Parade where David Pipe went on as a 67th minute substitute and there were a number of shots of former Rovers Director of Football Lennie Lawrence on the Newport bench.