Rovers played their second friendly fixture of pre-season yesterday evening, playing out a goalless drawn at Leicestershire side Quorn FC. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was a far from meaty tie (I’m here all week folks, try the vegetarian option) most notable for the first outing of Rovers new light-blue away kit and the appearance of a trio of trialists who all started the fixture in a pretty strong Rovers line-up.
The on-trial trio included Josh Payne, a midfielder released by West Ham in the summer, who also appeared in last week’s opening friendly fixture against Askern Villa. Former Coventry City midfielder Joel Grandison and Manchester City full-back Shaleum Logan were the other pair of trialists. Sean O’Driscoll has spoken about all three players on the club website and it would seem that Logan has arguably the best opportunity of securing something more permanent. O’Driscoll told the club site; “Shaleum is available from Manchester City, they’ve obviously got players coming out of their ears. He’s got one or two other clubs to go to and this was an opportunity to get him in for a few days and play a couple of games. If James Chambers looks as if he is going to be out for longer than expected then we have somebody that we have had a look at, which helps us make a more educated decision.”
Chambers is one of four Rovers players currently suffering with an injury, with John Oster, Byron Webster and, well, you can probably guess the other one, also sitting out last night’s game. The absentees, coupled with Sean O’Driscoll’s desire to ease players int pre-season resulted in a couple of late cameos for assistant manager Richard O’Kelly and goalkeeping coach Lee Butler in the second-half at Quorn. “You don’t really want to do that,” O’Driscoll told the official website today, “We’re a Championship team and we shouldn’t have to do that, but needs must.”
Next up for Rovers is a trip to play Solihull Moors at Damson Park on Saturday, who could feature unlikely Rovers legend Theo Streete in their side. And if that doesn’t get you to Birmingham this weekend nothing will.
Rovers official club website now has a few images from last night’s game online, so for those of you who missed it, you can get your first look at Rovers new away kit here.