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15 March 2013

npower League Two: Bristol Rovers v Rochdale

The Memorial Stadium, Saturday 16th March, 3pm kick-off

Rochdale are back on the road this Saturday for their second away trip of the week as they take on Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.


Dale head into the match following Tuesday night’s goalless draw at York City, while the Gas recorded a 2-0 win over promotion hopefuls Port Vale in their last outing.


Saturday’s opponents are two points and two places better off in the table, however 17th placed Rochdale have a game in hand.


Manager Keith Hill will again be without Ritchie Jones who is sidelined with an ankle injury, while Terry Gornell remains a doubt due to the groin strain he suffered in the win over Wycombe Wanderers last weekend. Hill’s counterpart, John Ward, will leave it late to check on the fitness of Ollie Norburn, Joe Anyinsah and Mark McCrystal.


MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Darren Sheldrake 

Assistant referees: John Flynn and Ceri Richards

Fourth official: Andrew Laver

LAST MEETING

November 17th 2012: Rochdale 2-1 Bristol Rovers

Rochdale came from a goal behind to secure a deserved 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers at Spotland in a game where the visitors finished the game with nine men.

Bristol Rovers took the lead from the penalty spot after 14 minutes, but in a match dominated by Dale, Andrew Tutte (27mins) and Bobby Grant (59mins) netted to ensure a Rochdale win. The visitors' Gary Kenneth was given his marching orders on 70 minutes for a second bookable offence and Eliot Richards receive a straight red in stoppage time for a challenge on Ashley Grimes. 

 

TEAM LINE-UPS ON THE DAY:

Rochdale: Lillis, Bennett, R Edwards, P Edwards, McIntyre, Cavanagh, Tutte, Kennedy, Grant, Gornell, Adebola. Subs: Smith, Rafferty, Pearson, BBM, Grimes, Craney, Donnelly.


Bristol Rovers: Etheridge, Smith, Paterson, Kenneth, Parks, Woodards, Clarkson, Brown, Riordan, Anyinsah, Eaves. Subs: Walker, Boghammer, Brown, Virgo, Clarke, Clucas, Richard.


You can read the full match report from the last meeting HERE.

 

Admission prices for Saturday's match at the Memorial Stadium can be found HERE.

 

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