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Head to Head: Bristol Rovers

31 March 2017

Matt Bullin takes a look at our recent record against The Gas

Shrewsbury Town will be looking for a third straight win over Bristol Rovers when they travel to the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

There have been a total of 60 meetings between the clubs and Rovers hold the historical edge having won the fixture 28 times to Town’s 18 wins, while there have been 14 draws.

Town came away with three points the last time the sides met as goals from Louis Dodds and Ian Black secured victory earlier this season.

Dodds struck early, before Black added a 73rd minute penalty to give Salop a big win back in December.

Before then – the last game came on Valentine’s Day in 2012. Town came out on top in the match, beating Rovers 1-0 at the Greenhous Meadow thanks to an 86th minute winner from James Collins.

However earlier in that season it was Rovers who won the fixture, beating Town 1-0 at the Memorial Stadium after an early Chris Zebroski strike.

The 2006/07 season also saw the sides meet in the League Two Play-Offs Final. A day which Town fans will remember for all the wrong reasons at Rovers won 3-1 at Wembley.

A brace from Richard Walker and a goal from Sammy Igoe cancelled out Stewart Drummond’s opener for Town and secured Rovers’ promotion into League One.

In the 2006/07 the sides were separated by just one placing and one point come the end of the season. So it’s perhaps unsurprising then that in the second league match of the season the sides shared the points in a 0-0 draw at the Meadow.

Earlier in the season it was again Rovers who came out on top though. This time in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Southern Semi-final, Rovers won 1-0 at the Meadow to set up a Southern Final with Bristol City.

Town’s biggest win over Rovers came all the way back in 1962 when they put seven past them to win 7-2 in the old Division Three.

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