October 30, 2014
Bristol Rovers Preview – Saturday 1st November 3pm
Bristol Rovers roll into the New Bucks Head on the back of a convincing 7-1 FA Cup win away to Dorchester Town on Saturday. The Pirates complete Telford’s first (league) double header of the campaign, with Rovers having won the first game at the Memorial Stadium 1-0 in August.
Currently sitting just outside the play off places, one point behind their local rivals Forest Green, Rovers are sure to offer a stern test for the Bucks, who will be looking to build on their impressive victory away to Woking (prior to the quick fire Spennymoor double header in the FA Cup). With a sizeable away following likely to follow Bristol Rovers to the New Bucks Head – this fixture is one the lads will surely relish, especially knowing how they could have gotten something out of the early season encounter, but for a thunderbolt of a strike from Ollie Clarke.
Managed by Darrell Clarke, the Pirates have adapted to life in the Vanarama Conference relatively well, following their relegation from League 2 last season. Returning eight wins, five draws and only four defeats.
Telford are sure to be going all out to plunder points against the Pirates, upsetting the form tables and league positions along the way, boosted by the arrival of their first clean sheet in the midweek FA Cup Replay at home to Spennymoor Town.
With Telford not having been involved in a no-score-draw in 20 attempts. And Bristol Rovers in sixteen attempts. Maybe, just maybe – by the law of averages one has to happen at some point – though probably not just yet!
Ones to watch for Rovers are striker Adam Cunnington, who the Bucks have faced a number of times and made his debut for Bristol Rovers in the reverse fixture. The physical front man will hopefully get little change out of Parry and his back line.
In good form following his FA Cup hat-trick is young Ellis Harrison, who looked lively in his brief cameo at the Memorial Stadium. Lee Brown, the Rovers full back is another who had a good game back in August. But in truth, with home advantage, the Bucks have to believe they can cause a shock, having only been undone by a single sucker-punch and having more than one opportunity to snatch something from the game themselves.
The Bristol Rovers game at the New Bucks Head on Saturday will be segregated, with Rovers’ supporters advised that they will be housed in the 1,200 capacity Budget Gas, Frank Nagington Stand (the covered standing terrace behind the goal). A limited number of seats in the Sir Stephen Roberts Stand are made avaliable for those requiring seats. Access to the seats can be gained upon entering the ground and speaking to your nearest steward.
There are a number of car parking spaces both at the ground and the nearby TCAT college. With cars costing £3 a vehicle. Coaches are accommodated at the ground, though advance notice of intention to travel is preferred. Please contact the club to advise of this.
Bristol Rovers supporters will have access to a fully licenced bar in the stand behind the goal, as well as hot and cold refreshments and the Match Day Programme (costing £2.50) will be on sale in the ground prior to the game.Turnstiles will be open from 1:30pm and the Simmonds Transport Learning Centre Bar, will be open from midday. Away Supporters are more than welcome to mix with home supporters.
Under 16s £2
All at AFC Telford United wish everyone associated with Bristol Rovers a safe trip to and from Shropshire, we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday!
(Adapted from the AFC Telford United OS with many thanks.)