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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town

2 February 2018

Marcus Braddock previews this weekend's game against Bristol Rovers

This weekend sees Shrewsbury Town travel to Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium for their second away game in a row. Rovers are on a good run of form having put a bad patch behind them. They started the season quite well with six wins in their first ten games but their form slipped a little after that and they found wins very difficult to come by at home or away. Their recent form shows a drastic improvement with just two defeats in the eight games since Christmas. Since the turn of the New Year, Rovers have played six times, won three and drawn three.

Top Scorers
Billy Bodin 9 (now with Preston)
Ellis Harrison 8
Rory Gaffney 7
Liam Sercombe 6

Chris Lines 6
Liam Sercombe
Lee Brown 4
Rory Gaffney 4

Clean Sheets
Two at home and three away.

At home, Rovers have conceded 19 (42%) which is more than any team above them apart from Bradford who are actually better away than at home. They've also not drawn at home all season but have drawn three times in away games.
69 % of their points have occurred at home and 62% of their goals have also been scored at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers score 1.86 goals at home and Town concede 0.93 away.
Rovers concede 1.36 goals per home game and Town score 1.13 away.

Trevor Kettle from Rutland. Games this season: 27. Yellow cards: 97. Red cards: 5.
Andrew Newbold and Andrew Williams.
Fourth Official
Simon Barrow.

Team News
Rovers: Deadline day signings Tony Craig and Kyle Bennett are both available. Defenders James Clarke and Daniel Leadbitter are injured.

Town: Junior Brown is still out of action, Dean Henderson is suspended and out three new players are all eligible to play so Paul Hurst has some extra options to look at.

After last week's excellent result and an exciting transfer deadline evening, it's all going remarkably swimmingly. The three new lads look good signings if their online videos are anything to go by and the squad has had a longer rest period than of late.  Nearly everything seems to be going our way, it's all rather wonderful. Rovers will want to puncture the bubble of course and they will have added incentive after our 4-0 win at home to them. That was a odd game, another where everything we tried to do worked out and the opposition didn't seem to have done a lot wrong. We'll have to guard against that desire to get back at us and just play our game. Last week I said I'd be happy with a draw and they went one better against one of the stronger teams at their place. Again I'd be happy enough with a point, but I wouldn't be totally surprised at an away win.

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Match Reports

Bristol Rovers 1 Town 2

3 February 2018

Town record late win at Rovers

Town: Craig MacGillivray, Ben Godfrey, Mat Sadler, Omar Beckles, Shaun Whalley (Sam Jones 83), Abu Ogogo, Carlton Morris (Stefan Payne 74), Nathan Thomas (Alex Rodman 74), James Bolton, Jon Nolan, Toto Nsiala
Subs: Shaun Rowley, Max Lowe, Lenell John-Lewis, Bryn Morris, Sam Jones, Alex Rodman, Stefan Payne

Bristol Rovers: Adam Smith, Liam Sercombe, Ollie Clarke © (Kyle Bennett 56), Ellis Harrison, Chris Lines, Tom Broadbent, Marc Bola, Joe Partington, Stuart Sinclair, Tony Craig, Rory Gaffney (Bernard Mensah 79)
Subs: Sam Slocombe, Lee Brown, Ryan Sweeney, Tom Nichols, Dom Telford, Bernard Mensah, Kyle Bennett

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Steven Plane and Andrew Williams
Fourth Official: Simon Barrow

Attendance: 9380 (700)

Shrewsbury Town scored late once again to record a last-gasp away win against Bristol Rovers. The opening 60 minutes had seen very little goalmouth action but that all changed in five minutes as Omar Beckles headed Town in front before Joe Partington levelled for Rovers. The game appeared to be heading for a draw until Alex Rodman’s brilliant late run and cross was headed home by Toto Nsiala to give Town all three points.

Team News:
Paul Hurst makes one change to the side which beat Portsmouth last weekend. Nathan Thomas comes straight into the side after his deadline day loan move from Sheffield United and replaces Alex Rodman on the left-wing. Fellow deadline day signing Sam Jones takes a place on the bench, but Abo Eisa won’t be involved this weekend.

It was a pretty even opening 25 minutes as both sides felt each other out. Town possibly edged it with both Nathan Thomas and Shaun Whalley putting in decent balls from the wings, whilst Rovers attempted a couple of long range efforts, but neither side managed to test the opposition goalkeeper.

There was a short period of concern for Town fans when Nathan Thomas was fouled by Joe Partington and Town’s new signing stayed down, but after a bit of treatment from Chris Skitt he was back on his feet and the game could continue.

The game had a real bitty feel to it and that wasn’t helped by another short spell of inaction when Rory Gaffney went down under the challenge of Toto Nsiala. There was no foul involved, but Gaffney stayed down and the Rovers physio had to come on.

It wasn’t until the 34th minute of the game that either side had a clear cut chance and it fell the way of Town. Shaun Whalley’s free-kick was headed back across the face of goal by Toto Nsiala and Carlton Morris threw his foot at it, but he couldn’t direct the effort from six yards and it went a yard wide of the post.

At the other end, Rovers created their first real chance as Town failed to clear their lines at the first attempt, but they threw their bodies on the line to block an effort from Liam Sercombe. Sercombe also had a deflected shot just before half-time which went straight into the arms of Craig MacGillivray.

Half-Time: 0-0


The first-half had lacked any real goalmouth action of note and the second-half started in much the same fashion with moves breaking down with increased regularity. The hosts were perhaps just edging things as they looked to play with more zip than they had shown in the opening 45 minutes, but Craig MacGillivray’s quiet afternoon continued.

With 59 minutes on the clock Town managed their first shot on target as Nathan Thomas found space on the left hand side. He ran 15 yards with the ball before deciding to shoot, but Adam Smith got everything behind it and managed to keep hold of it with Shaun Whalley ready to pounce.

Town didn’t have to wait long to take the lead as they did so in the 62nd minute. Jon Nolan had been found 10 yards outside the box and Shaun Whalley lifted a free-kick into the heart of the box where Omar Beckles met it to head into the bottom corner and give Town the lead.

However, Rovers quickly got themselves back into the game four minutes later. Town failed to fully clear an initial Rovers attack and Liam Sercombe picked the ball up just outside the box. He fed Joe Partington who was bombing down the right channel and his shot from the edge of the area took a deflection before going through the legs of Craig MacGillivray and into the back of the net.

The game was now really opening up and Abu Ogogo went close after some good work from Nathan Thomas, but he couldn’t quite turn Thomas’ cross on target at the near post, whilst at the other end Craig MacGillivray was forced to tip a chipped Kyle Bennett effort over the bar.

With 74 minutes on the clock Town made their first changes of the afternoon and it was a double change as Alex Rodman and Stefan Payne replaced Nathan Thomas and Carlton Morris. This was followed nearly 10 minutes later by Sam Jones coming on for his Town debut in place of Shaun Whalley.

With just two minutes of the game remaining Town managed to get themselves back in front and all the credit must go to Alex Rodman. The Town substitute beat three Rovers players down the left-hand side before reaching the by-line and firing it across the face. It was then difficult to tell whether it had hit the post and gone in or whether Nsiala had nodded it home from a yard, but Town were leading 2-1.

Stefan Payne was booked for time wasting during the celebrations but Town saw out the game well to pick up yet another win on the road.

Full-Time: 1-2

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers Ticket Details

1 February 2018

Ticket details for the league trip to Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers v Shrewsbury Town
Saturday 3rd February 2018 – kick-off 3pm
Memorial Ground
SKY Bet League One

Ticket prices have been confirmed for our Sky Bet League One trip to the Memorial Ground to take on Bristol Rovers.

We have been sold out of the inital allocation of 503 tickets which we were sent for the game and it is now pay on the day at the Memorial Ground.

Tickets will be priced at -

Away South Seated

Adults - £19
16-21 - £15
65+/U16 - £10

Away Visitors Terrace

Adults - £16
16-21 - £12
65+/U16 - £8

Wheelchair Bays -tickets are priced at Adults - £10, 65+ - £9 and U16 - £8 with the career free. (note these are uncovered)

Ambulant Disabled - Tickets are priced at Adults - £10, 65+ - £9 and U16 - £8 with the career free.  Disabled/career tickets are reserved in the South Stand front row.

Ticket prices will rise on the day by £2.

Tickets will go off sale on Friday 2nd February at 4:30pm.

Tickets can be purchased in the following ways:

  • In person at the Montgomery Waters Meadow ticket office
  • By calling 01743 273943
  • Via our online ticketing site - click here

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