Bristol Rovers v Chesterfield preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash Bristol Rovers and Chesterfield at the Memorial Stadium.

Last Updated: 25/10/13 at 16:36   

Eliot Richards: Hoping to start

Eliot Richards: Hoping to start

Bristol Rovers boss John Ward is set to keep faith with Alex Henshall as his side look for their first Sky Bet League Two victory in nine games.

The Manchester City loanee made a perfect start to life with the Pirates, scoring just four minutes into his first start for the club against Accrington on Tuesday, only for his new employers to slip to another defeat.

And with David Clarkson suspended after a straight red card in last weekend's defeat to Wycombe the striker will get another opportunity to impress.

Ward hopes to have fellow forwards Eliot Richards (hamstring) and Matt Harrold (groin) available and he will assess the pair ahead of kick-off.

Chesterfield have no new problems as they head to the Memorial Stadium looking to end their Bristol Rovers hoodoo.

Full-backs Nathan Smith and Drew Talbot are expected to remain the only players unavailable to manager Paul Cook, who this weekend will hope to mark his one-year anniversary at the club by ending the Spireites current five-game winless run in Sky Bet League Two.

Should he manage to do so, it will be Chesterfield's first ever league win at Rovers and their first victory in the blue half of Bristol in any competition since 1965.

On loan defender Ryan Edwards will return to Blackburn after the game on Saturday while Chris Porter, on loan from Sheffield United, may struggle to make the squad following the return to fitness of Marc Richards and Armand Gnanduillet.

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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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