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PREVIEW: SOUTHPORT (H)

10 April 2015

A quick look at tomorrow's opponents

Bristol Rovers go into tomorrow's game looking to keep the pressure on league leaders Barnet with a win against Southport.

Rovers: Darrell Clarke's men will be looking to get a vital three points in the race for the Vanarama Conference title.

Team News: Only Stuart Sinclair and Neal Trotman are long term absentees for this fixture with Jermaine Easter to be assessed before kick off.

Darrell's View: "They [Southport] beat Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup so it is pretty clear that they can raise themselves for big games and this Saturday is going to be a massive game.

"They were on an unbeaten run of six games before losing their last two games to Altrincham and Telford respectively so they have been on good form and know what it's like to put a run together.

"Their manager Paul [Carden] will get his side very organised and they will be relishing the challenge of playing in front of over 8,000 supporters.

Opposition: Southport currently sit in 19th place in the Vanarama Conference but are virtually safe from relegation. The Sandgrounders were on a six game unbeaten run before the Easter weekend where they lost twice to Altrincham and Telford respectively and in the holiday fixtures Paul Carden's men shipped five goals without reply.  
 
Dangerman - Richard Brodie: The former Gateshead man sided for the Sandgrounders in the summer of 2014 after a loan spell at the back end of the 2012/14 season. Since arriving permanently Broadie has established himself as the clubs top goal scorer by a considerable margin hitting the back of the net on 13 occasions this season. Brodie is on a dry spell at the minute having not scored in his last three outings.   

Last Time Out: Jake Gosling's early goal was enough to see Darrell Clarke's men claim all three points as they made it five wins in a row at the Merseyrail Community Stadium back in September.

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