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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 Burton Albion 10 22
2 Wycombe Wanderers 10 21
3 Bury 10 20
4 Southend United 10 20
5 Northampton Town 10 17
6 Morecambe 10 16
7 Shrewsbury Town 10 15
8 Portsmouth 10 15
9 Cheltenham Town 10 15
10 Luton Town 10 15
11 Mansfield Town 10 15
12 AFC Wimbledon 10 14
13 Stevenage 10 14
14 Plymouth Argyle 10 13
15 Newport County AFC 10 13
16 Accrington Stanley 10 13
17 Exeter City 10 12
18 Cambridge United 10 11
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 10 11
20 Tranmere Rovers 10 9
21 York City 10 9
22 Hartlepool United 10 8
23 Oxford United 10 7
24 Carlisle United 10 6