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Double top for Marquis

6 January 2017

John Marquis took to the oche and hit a double as Rovers moved 10 points clear of fourth place.

The 24-year-old put on a darting celebration as his side remained in pole position with a goal in each half from the front man.

And he revealed that the celebration was in tribute to his mother's darts team - who were playing on the same evening, meaning she could only watch the opening skirmishes of the match.

“I’m a big fan of darts, my mum plays in a team and she was playing, she got there early to watch the game with her friends so I told her if I got myself on the scoresheet I’d do that for her,” Marquis said.

“I hadn’t scored for a couple of games but I kept believing and getting myself into the right positions.  I wanted to keep getting in-between the posts like an old school No.9 as that’s where the goals are.”

After going unbeaten throughout the festive period, Marquis feels that the team will only improve as the season goes on.

“We’re getting stronger and the injury list is getting smaller, we’ve just got to make sure that between now and the end of the season we keep on winning games,” said Marquis.

“The manager has kept players and brought people in that he believes can move the team forward. Everyone is treated equally, it’s just a group of lads that keep each other in check.”

With 12 goals so far, Marquis is leading the way for Rovers this season. He won promotion from Sky Bet League Two with Northampton last year and feels the traits he picked up there will only help him between now and May. 

“I managed to get myself promoted out of this league last season, I picked up the ruthlessness of winning games, and it’s good to keep winning games and to try and set new records,” he added.

“We haven’t lost here at the Keepmoat all season, and that would be a great record to have, to go through the whole campaign without losing at home.”

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