An­other old boy lies in wait

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT -

Af­ter suf­fer­ing at the hands of Shaquile Coulthirst on Tues­day night, Posh will be wary of an­other of their re­cent strik­ers in­flict­ing some pain.

Tom Ni­chols was sold to Bris­tol Rovers in July af­ter a sum­mer­long pur­suit by the fel­low League One side.

Ni­chols top scored with 13 goals for Posh last sea­son with­out ever en­dear­ing him­self to the club’s fans.

The 23 year-old didn’t start Rovers’ open­ing day de­feat at Charl­ton, but was on as a sub­sti­tute af­ter 15 min­utes be­cause of an in­jury.

He played the en­tire 4-1 win over Cam­bridge United in the Carabao Cup first round on Tues­day, but didn’t man­age to score his first goal for the club. Rovers de­liv­ered a lack­lus­tre dis­play on the open­ing day of the League One sea­son as they slipped to a 1-0 de­feat at Charl­ton against a team who were re­duced to 10 men in the early stages. But they pro­duced a ter­rific at­tack­ing dis­play to beat a weak­ened Cam­bridge United side 4-1 in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Tues­day. Rovers had a chance of reach­ing the League One play-offs last sea­son un­til los­ing 4-2 at Posh on the penul­ti­mate week­end of the sea­son. Dar­rell Clarke has an out­stand­ing record as man­ager of Bris­tol Rovers. Rovers have won 78 of 166 com­pet­i­tive matches un­der Clarke who was ap­pointed in March, 2014.

They’ve lost just 49.

Rovers were rel­e­gated out of the Foot­ball League five weeks af­ter Clarke’s ap­point­ment, but he then steered the club to back-to-back pro­mo­tions and a cred­itable 10th place fin­ish in League One last term. They fin­ished a place, but four points clear of Posh. Clarke is held in high re­gard by the pow­ers-that-be at Rovers hence the award of a five-year con­tract in July. “I’m here for the long haul,” Clarke said. “I wouldn’t want to be any­where else.”

Jonathan Bond cel­e­brates his man-of-the-match dis­play for Posh against Ply­mouth.

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