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Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

Tom Lockyer: Serving a one-match ban

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Bristol Rovers will be without Tom Lockyer when they host Portsmouth.

The young defender was booked for the fifth time this season in the midweek FA Cup replay with Crawley, a match that was abandoned with just over 15 minutes remaining, meaning he will sit out the clash with Pompey.

Manager John Ward recalled Ellis Harrison to the starting line-up for the first time since mid-October and the Welsh winger will hope he has done enough to keep his place while on-loan Preston striker Chris Beardsley was also handed a start.

Ward will have to decide whether to stick with Beardsley or recall former Wycombe forward Matt Harrold who was introduced as a second-half substitute.

Portsmouth could welcome back Danny East when they head to Bristol Rovers.

The defender is back in training three weeks after he was taken to hospital with a neck injury having landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge against Wycombe.

New boss Richie Barker will be weighing up changes after watching Pompey slump 2-0 at home to Newport in his first game in charge last weekend.

Defender Dan Butler and striker Tom Craddock are still out with knee injuries while left-back Dan Potts plays the final game of his loan spell from West Ham

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League Two Fixtures

Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Stevenage  
Bury v Accrington  
Cambridge Utd v Carlisle  
Cheltenham v Hartlepool  
Mansfield v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Exeter  
Oxford Utd v Dag + Red  
Plymouth v Southend  
Portsmouth v Newport  
Shrewsbury v Luton Town  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Morecambe 4 6 12
2 Portsmouth 4 4 10
3 Cheltenham 4 3 10
4 Burton Alb 4 3 10
5 Wycombe 4 4 9
6 Shrewsbury 4 5 8
7 Bury 4 2 7
8 Southend 4 2 7
9 AFC W'don 4 1 7
10 Dag + Red 4 0 6
11 Mansfield 4 -1 6
12 Luton Town 4 0 5
13 Northamptn 4 -1 5
14 Plymouth 4 1 4
15 Tranmere 4 0 4
16 York City 4 0 4
17 Cambridge Utd 4 -1 4
18 Stevenage 4 -3 4
19 Hartlepool 4 -4 3
20 Carlisle 4 -3 2
21 Exeter 4 -4 2
22 Newport 4 -4 1
23 Accrington 4 -6 1
24 Oxford Utd 4 -4 0

Updated Sat, 23 Aug 2014

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