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12 December 2014

All you need to know about tomorrow's opponents!

Bristol Rovers play their inaugural match in the FA Trophy as they host former landlords Bath City at the Memorial Stadium.

Opposition: Currently playing in the Vanarama Conference South, Bath City occupy 11th position in the league after amassing 24 points in 18 league matches. Entering the FA Trophy in the Third Qualifying Round, Bath had to overcome the challenge of Gloucester City to qualify for the First Round Proper. Needing a replay and extra time to separate the two sides, Bath eventually triumphed 3-1 which earned them a trip to the Memorial Stadium.

Dangerman – David Pratt: Scoring 11 goals in just 15 starts for Bath is 27-year-old Pratt, who proves to be The Romans’ main threat in front of goal. Signed from Maidenhead United for the 13/14 season, Pratt has almost averaged a goal in every two games as he’s netted 27 times in 56 appearances for the club. Having scored in 3 of the last 4 matches too, Pratt comes to the Memorial Stadium as a man in form.

Darrell's View: “They’ve got good players, and I know a fair bit about them; [Ben] Adelsbury was a lad I had a Salisbury, [Andy] Watkins up top is very bright, [David] Pratt is a very experienced player at the level and they can hurt you on the day. They’ve got some good footballers.

“I know a fair bit about them, but we’ll treat it like any other game. We’ll respect the opposition, look at their strengths and their weaknesses and we’ll go on from there.

“I’ll be picking a team to go out and win the game, I won’t be chucking in young blood, that’s for sure.”

Team News: Steve Mildenhall and Will Puddy remain injured for the match so loanee Fabian Speiss is expected start in goal. Lyle Della-Verde has now returned to Fulham for treatment on an ankle injury.

Last Meeting: The only other competitive meeting between the two sides came in 1994 when Bath hosted Rovers in the FA Cup 1st Round. Rovers ran out 5-0 winners that day with Paul Miller grabbing 4 goals and current assistant manager Marcus Stewart rounding off the scoring.

Listen Live: Unable to make the trip to the Memorial Stadium? Then you can follow all the action from 3:00pm as Bristol Rovers take on Bath City LIVE on Gas Player.

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