It all began quite smoothly for the boys in their new red and white attire after Liam Mandeville found himself through on goal within two minutes of kick-off. He managed to beat Thomas Holy in the Gills goal, but it was quickly recovered by a Gillingham defender, Luke O’Neill, who cleared the impending danger.
It wasn’t long until Rovers came knocking on Gillingham’s door again. This time James Coppinger played a through ball straight to the feet of Matty Blair, who hesitated at first but eventually shoots, only for Holy to make another save for Gillingham.
It wasn’t until the half an hour mark that Ian Lawlor was tested in Rovers goal as he didn’t make just one save from one of Gillingham’s corners, but he then followed up with a punch off the line, from a shot that looked like it was bound to go in.
Final moment of action during the first half was between Luke O’Neill and John Marquis as they clashed heads, which caused a momentary pause in play – both players were okay afterwards.
Onto the second half and Rovers got us underway for the final 45 minutes, and Rovers certainly picked up where they left off by pressuring Gillingham and forcing Holy into another great save from a corner.
Eaves was shown yellow around 60 minutes for Gillingham after making a bad foul on Andy Butler, moments later he fouled Butler again – but no card was shown.
Ben Whiteman had two mouth-watering long-range chances as he rattled the cross bar first time, and second time earned Rovers a corner.
However, non of the above was enough to claim three points. Today was certainly a case of 2 points dropped, rather than one gained.
My Man of the Match: Joe Wright
ROVER XI: Lawlor; Mason, Wright, Butler, Andrew; Blair (Kongolo 69′), Whiteman, Rowe, Coppinger (c); Marquis and Mandeville (May 89′)
ROVERS BENCH: Marosi, Alcock, Garratt, Kongolo, Beestin, Longbottom and May