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Richards: Pushing for starting berth

Richards: Pushing for starting berth

Bristol Rovers striker Eliot Richards is pressing for a starting spot after he came off the bench to score the winning goal on Saturday.

Richards replaced debutant Tom Eaves on the hour mark at Exeter and went on to score a 69th-minute goal that helped Rovers secure their first win of the season.

The Wales Under-21 player has been in and out of favour with manager Mark McGhee since the start of the campaign.

He was also forced further down the pecking order following the arrivals of loanee Eaves and former Celtic striker Derek Riordan on short-term deals.

McGhee is unlikely to tinker too much with his team, although both Danny Woodards and Shaquille Hunter are getting close to their respective returns from injury.

Garry Kenneth, Tom Parkes and Neil Etheridge are again pencilled in for defensive duties after their excellent displays against Exeter.

Cheltenham manager Mark Yates will make few, if any, changes to his starting line-up.

The Robins gained a vital three points over Morecambe last Friday and both Sido Jombati and captain Steve Elliott are expected to again be the mainstays of a defence that has recorded back-to-back clean sheets.

Elliott, 33, will be facing his former club, having spent six years with the Pirates.

The experienced Darren Carter will continue in the Robins' midfield after he scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over Morecambe.

Manager Yates told the club's official website: "We had a good win on Friday night and the players got a weekend to themselves so they can spend some time with their family and that doesn't happen very often, but we feel that is important.

"Shaun Harrad should be fine. He has been training with the physio and he should be training today (Tuesday). We don't have the biggest squad in the world but we do have quality on the bench waiting to play. There won't be many changes, if any at all."

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League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport  
Accrington v Mansfield  
Bury v Plymouth  
Cheltenham v Fleetwood  
Chesterfld v Exeter  
Morecambe v Scunthorpe  
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend  
Torquay v Dag + Red  
Wycombe v Northamptn  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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