23/04/2017 Points West


23/04/2017

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The news here - and the chairman of Swindon Town Football Club has

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Angry fans were calling for Lee Power's departure last night

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after the Robins lost 2-1 at home to Scunthorpe, confirming

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The chant was the same - fans not only devastated

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but angry, and ready to point the finger of blame.

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Lee Power's wrecked this club. Absolutely wrecked it.

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We had a rubbish manager, and a rubbish owner.

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Scunthorpe took the lead in the first five minutes with this

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Swindon's fate was effectively sealed as Sam Mantom swept home

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a second for the visitors from a low ball in.

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Rohan Ince netted from range, but the Robins

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And Bury's victory condemned them to the drop.

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Chairman Lee Power says it's not time to retreat, but to rebuild.

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It's my job now to pick up the pieces and carry on with the club.

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If I was to give up, there wouldn't be a football club.

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It's like I say, it's not nice hearing that,

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but I understand, you know, people are angry.

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Fans will be looking for more than assurances as next season's

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We'll check on how the rest of our sides are faring in a minute.

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The big news in rugby this weekend - Gloucester have reached their second

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European Challenge Cup final in three seasons as they held

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on to win an absorbing semifinal at La Rochelle.

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Fly half Billy Burns was the hero, scoring all 16 of their points

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before they resisted a battling comeback from the French team.

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And they'll face Stade Francais in the final after a heartbreaking

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defeat for Bath Rugby this afternoon.

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A last-minute Jules Plisson drop goal sealed the win.

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Bath fly half George Ford missed the chance to level the match

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Huge disappointment for Bath, who put so much work into getting

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back into the match after Stade's initial 18-6 lead.

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In other news, a Gloucestershire Regiment veteran who fought

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at the Battle of Imjin River during the Korean War has passed

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on an important piece of military history today.

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Private Sam Mercer survived the Glosters' epic stand of 1951.

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After the war Sam was presented with a rare book which lists those

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He's now giving it to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum,

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but first it was blessed at the Cathedral, where Sam recalled

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Sitting on the ground looking up the muzzle of a rifle,

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Determination, bloody-mindedness and a very large slice of Lady Luck.

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Someone up there was looking after me at that moment,

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Fire crews were called to a fire in Bath this afternoon.

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The blaze started in the Charles Street area of the city,

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Six fire engines were sent to the scene.

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On to a look at the rest of the weekend's goal action.

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Bristol City twice came from behind to beat Barnsley 3-2

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and take a significant step towards securing their

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Tammy Abraham, Jamie Paterson and Aden Flint putting them six

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Bristol Rovers' faint hopes of reaching the League One

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play-offs were extinguished after they were defeated

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They halved their arrears with two late goals from Rory Gaffney.

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Cheltenham aren't quite safe yet after losing 3-0 at Blackpool.

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The same goes for Yeovil, who lost 4-2 at Grimsby.

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Alex Lawless and Francois Zoko with the goals.

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And Forest Green confirmed their play-off place

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despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Maidstone thanks

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to Keanu Marsh Brown and an own goal from Kevin Lokko.

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Bristol Ladies Rugby missed out on being crowned

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Despite this second half try from Chantelle Miell,

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they lost the play-off final to Aylesford by 17 points to 8.

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Disappointment for the team and their supporters,

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who'd finished the regular season top of the table.

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I think there probably is a little bit of frustration.

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We did finish top of the league, that at the end of the day,

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we knew that was the league structure starting in September.

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So we knew there was always going to be play-offs.

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We knew to get in the best chance, we just wanted to play well

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throughout the season, and to play consistently,

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and we did that to finish top, so we've won more games

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than anyone else, but unfortunately it just didn't happen today.

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Finally there's a new arrival at Bristol Zoo this

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The little one was born early on Saturday morning.

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They'll be closely monitored over the coming days and weeks.

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The Gorilla House is closed for a bit to give them

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We've had another lovely sunny day today.

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Good evening. We had a beautiful day today, with quite a bit of sunshine.

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Quite a bit of cloud compared with last night. Temperatures could fall

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quite low, but for most of is not as cold. Tomorrow will be a cloudy

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start to the day, the risk of one or two showers, but more into the

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afternoon. The showers becoming more widespread as we head towards the

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tail end of the day. Highs of 13 Celsius. Tuesday we start to see

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much colder air, so we could see a widespread frost, heavy downpours

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and some sunshine. We had a beautiful day across most

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of UK today, but there's a taste of winter on the way. Even a little bit

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of snow. Its forecast for one or two places. This is the forecast

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tonight. We're watching this cold front, this will line, this weather

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front. Everything to the north of that line is cold as

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