On-loan striker Tom Hitchcock eyes longer stay at Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers striker Tom Hitchcock is hoping to get a chance to claim what would be his first senior goal by extending his stay at the Memorial Stadium.
Hitchcock, 20, was inches away from registering his first goal in league football when seeing a header come back off the crossbar during Rovers' 3-0 victory at Fleetwood Town on Saturday.
The on-loan QPR striker now hopes to persuade Rovers boss John Ward to extend his stay at the club beyond the end of January in a bid to get on target for the first time.
"I love it down here," Hitchcock said. "It is good for me to get games in real competitive football and it doesn't get anymore competitive then scrapping away at the bottom of League Two.
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"Getting my first senior goal is a big thing for me so to see my header come back off the crossbar was really gutting.
"I hope the manager here will want to extend my loan so that I'll get a few more chances to get a couple before I have to go back."
Hitchcock enjoyed his best display in a Rovers shirt in the 3-0 win at Highbury when offered a strike partner for the first time in the shape of Eliot Richards and he added: "I really enjoyed playing up front alongside Eliot and I think we formed a pretty good partnership.
"We did a lot of work on things in the week leading up to the game. He's a very clever player with great movement and I love playing alongside players like that.
"We obviously prefer the ball to come to our feet because we are not the biggest forwards around, but if it does come up in other ways we'll both do our best to compete.
"It was a really good game and the performance from everybody involved was first-class. We knew we could get something out of it before the game. You could sense that feeling of belief amongst the lads.
"We knew it would be tough, but you can never go out on the pitch without a belief that you can win any game."
Hitchcock also says he is benefiting from working with development coach Marcus Stewart.
"I didn't know Marcus Stewart was at the club until the first day I turned up at the training ground," said Hitchcock. "I had no idea he was on the coaching staff when I first heard Bristol Rovers were interested in taking me on loan.
"Marcus was a really good striker, who I can remember scoring a lot of goals for Ipswich in the Premier League when I was a kid.
"Any advice you can get off someone that has played at the top level is always going to help you improve your own game."
The club, meanwhile, is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to make sure Saturday's game against Exeter City goes ahead.
The pitch at the Memorial Stadium was covered on Tuesday morning in ahead of a predicted cold snap that is expected to last until after the weekend.
A significant amount of snow is predicted to fall in Bristol on Friday and the club has already procured a large supply of grit and salt to clear the car park and surrounding areas to increase the chances of getting the game on.