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3 April 2015

A quick look at today's opponents!

Bristol Rovers go into today's game looking to kick off the Easter period with a valuable three points.

Rovers: Darrell Clarke's men will be looking to reclaim top spot in the Vanarama Conference table before title rivals Barnet and Grimsby play tomorrow.

Team News: Lee Mansell is available for selection after serving his two match suspension and Ellis Harrison and Jake Gosling are available, joining back up with the squad after International duty.

Darrell's View: “I know Steve Burr and I know how his teams like to play football, they’re a very good footballing team, they like to move the ball and pass the ball quickly.

“They’ve had a pretty solid season, he’s [Steve Burr] got them into mid table which I’m sure he’s delighted about, but I’m sure they’ll be looking to finish the season strongly."

Opposition: Chester currently occupy 12th spot in the Vanarama Conference table having picked up 54 points from their 41 games this season. However, Steve Burr's men will be disappointed with their current goal difference sitting on -10 having shipped a total of 63 goals this season. The Blues haven't picked up a win in their last four outings and most recently suffered a 2-3 loss at home to Woking.  
Dangerman - John Rooney: Younger brother to England International Wayne, John's career has taken a much different path to that of his sibling. Spending his time at Everton as a youngster John joined Macclesfield in 2002 with the Silkmen later signing him as a senior player in 2008. Since leaving Macclesfield in 2010, Rooney had spells in the MLS with New York Red Bulls and Orlando City before returning to the UK to join Barnsley. After season long stints with Barnsley and Bury, Rooney joined Chester in 2014 after a successful loan spell at the end of the 2013/14 season. This season Rooney is the blues top goal scorer hitting the back of the net on 8 occasions, most recently in the 2-2 draw with title challengers Grimsby almost three weeks ago. 

Last Time Out: Darrell Clarke's men let a two goal lead slip and the Swansway Chester Stadium after goals from Nathan Blissett and Tom Parkes put Rovers two goals to the good before Rhys Oates and Matty Hughes leveled the game.

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