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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 7,288) 25th January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Newport County AFC Newport

Bristol R 3

K Mohamed (45+3)
E Richards (48)
J O'Toole (90)

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R Howe (57)

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Kaid Mohamed: In line for Pirates debut

Kaid Mohamed: In line for Pirates debut

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

Bristol Rovers' new signing Kaid Mohamed is set to make his Pirates bow when they welcome Newport.

The 29-year-old signed a loan deal until the end of the season on Thursday and the Port Vale forward is available for a Rovers debut against the Exiles.

Mohamed's arrival means Mitch Harding faces a battle to retain his place having been handed a rare start against York last weekend.

Rovers have an opportunity to lift themselves away from the League Two relegation zone with four of their next five games at the Memorial Stadium, starting with the visit of Justin Edinburgh's men.

Lenny Pidgeley looks set to start for Newport when they make the short trip to Bristol Rovers.

The postponement of County's clash with Dagenham last Saturday has given the former Exeter shot-stopper two weeks to fully heal his broken thumb and he looks likely to be passed fully fit for the clash with John Ward's men.

Manager Justin Edinburgh, whose injury-hit squad has been stretched on a number of occasions this season, has been boosted by the return to full training of Max Porter, (groin) Andrew Hughes and back-up goalkeeper Jamie Stephens (both hamstring).

Byron Anthony has also stepped up his recovery from a broken leg he suffered in August, a recovery described by his manager as 'incredible' but this match comes too soon for the former Pirate.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 5 13
2 Cheltenham Town 5 13
3 Morecambe 5 12
4 Shrewsbury Town 5 11
5 Wycombe Wanderers 5 10
6 Bury 5 10
7 Portsmouth 5 10
8 Northampton Town 5 8
9 Cambridge United 5 7
10 Plymouth Argyle 5 7
11 Tranmere Rovers 5 7
12 Dagenham & Redbridge 5 7
13 AFC Wimbledon 5 7
14 Southend United 5 7
15 Stevenage 5 7
16 Mansfield Town 5 6
17 York City 5 5
18 Luton Town 5 5
19 Newport County AFC 5 4
20 Hartlepool United 5 3
21 Exeter City 5 2
22 Carlisle United 5 2
23 Oxford United 5 1
24 Accrington Stanley 5 1