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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 6,691) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Rochdale Rochdale

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Joe Anyinsah: Faces fitness test for Pirates

Joe Anyinsah: Faces fitness test for Pirates

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Bristol Rovers and Rochdale at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers will check on the fitness of midfielders Ollie Norburn (ankle) and Joe Anyinsah (hamstring).

Anyinsah was replaced by Ellis Harrison in the starting line-up for the 2-0 win over Port Vale and the youngster is likely to continue in the XI if the former Charlton winger's on-going problem rules him out.

Pirates boss John Ward is also hopeful that defender Mark McChrystal will be available again after he missed Tuesday night's victory with an ankle injury.

Danny Woodards replaced the loanee against Vale and the former MK Dons man could move back to the central midfield position he has made his own in recent weeks.

Rovers are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone thanks, in part, to their impressive home form. Ward's men have won six of their last eight matches at home.

Rochdale will be without midfielder Ritchie Jones once more.

Jones sustained an ankle injury in training ahead of last weekend's 4-1 win over Wycombe and also missed the goalless midweek draw at York.

Dale boss Keith Hill suggested the former Hartlepool and Oldham man could be back in contention for next week's home games against Gillingham and Southend.

"Ritchie turned his ankle on the Thursday before we played Wycombe and he has not recovered," Hill told his club's official website. "He should be back in training next week."

Elsewhere, forward Terry Gornell remains on the sidelines with a groin strain and young midfielder Reece Gray (broken leg) is a long-term absentee.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 42 76
2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 42 62
7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
10 Mansfield Town 42 56
11 Bury 42 54
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 42 54
13 Newport County AFC 42 53
14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
15 Cheltenham Town 42 52
16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39