Stanley are back on the road tomorrow making the long trip to Bristol Rovers.

The Reds will be out to build on a clean sheet and a point from the last away game at Portsmouth.

The Opposition

Bristol Rovers returned to the Football League after an absence of just one season when they won last season’s Conference play-off final against Grimsby Town.

Before relegation they’d spent over 90 years in the Football League and have now returned to what they would consider their rightful place.

Now the Pirates aim to have a good first campaign back in League Two and the early signs are encouraging for Darrell Clarke’s men.


Darrell Clarke began his tenure as Rovers manager in March 2014, taking over from John Ward, but was unable to stop the club suffering relegation.

However, his first full campaign in charge was a different story as the Gas finished second in the Conference behind Barnet before making it to the play-off final and beating Grimsby on penalties.

Before moving to the Memorial Stadium he was player/manager of Salisbury City, leading them to two promotions, and turned out for Mansfield, Hartlepool, Stockport, Port Vale and Rochdale in his playing career.

One to Watch

Taylor was one of the stars of last season’s promotion campaign for Rovers, topping the club’s goalscoring charts come the end of the season.

The England C international striker is now getting his chance in the Football League after proving to be a hit in non-league circles.

His former clubs include Oxford, Chester and Forest Green Rovers.

Form Guide

Stanley: WDDLD

Stanley have so far been draw specialists, with four of six league games ending in a point and three of the last five in all competitions ending level.

The Reds have just the one win so far, at home to Mansfield, but will be encouraged by having only conceded two league goals in four matches.

Bristol Rovers: WWWLL

Rovers have lost their last two games, at Leyton Orient and at home to Oxford, after a run of three consecutive wins saw them fly into the upper reaches of the table.

They’ve picked up one win at the Memorial Stadium so far, a 3-1 victory over Barnet last month.

Stanley Team News

Joe Wright is ruled out with a knee injury suffered on international duty with Wales Under 21’s but Shay McCartan is back after time away with Northern Ireland.

Max Hazeldine has gone on loan to National League North side Stockport County and so won’t be involved.


Bristol Rovers moved into their current home the Memorial Stadium in 1996, after spells at seven different grounds, including Twerton Park and Eastville Stadium. The current capacity of the Memorial Stadium is 11,724, with the club’s record attendance being 12,011 which was set against West Bromwich Albion in 2008..

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Match Coverage

The official website will have live text commentary on the game.

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.