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24 February 2015

All you need to know about tonight's opponents!

Bristol Rovers face their second game at the Memorial Stadium in four days as they entertain Braintree Town this evening (7:45 kick off).

Rovers: The men in blue and white have a fantastic home record in the league and will be looking to secure their 13th victory at the Mem. Defensive shut outs have been key for Rovers at home with the side only shipping 9 goals in the 17 games this season.

Team News: Darrell said in his press conference yesterday that rehab with Stuart Sinclair, Ollie Clarke and Jermaine Easter is going well but all three would need to be assessed before being passed fit enough to take part tonight.

Darrell's View: "We need to focus Braintree, they are a good team and they have a very experienced non-league manager who has done fantastic work over the past few seasons so it will be a tough test for us.

"People thought that Saturday would be a home banker and I'm sure people will think the same about tonight but Braintree's away record is pretty strong so we can't take them for granted.

"To me their are a very dangerous team and are good on their day and could definitely cause an upset so we need to make sure that we aren't on the end of it.

Opposition: Tonight's opponents Braintree Town currently sit in 16th position in the Vanarama Conference table having gathered 42 points from their 32 games this season. Town have been on a decent run picking up nine points from five games in 2015 following two postponements for their games against Macclesfield and Southport. The Iron have lost their last two games on the road at Halifax in the league and Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy.  

Dangerman - Kenny Davis: The pressure of scoring goals falls on the shoulders of Kenny Davis following in injury to seven goal top goal scorer Jordan Cox in their recent victory over Alfreton at Cressing Road. 26 year old midfielder Davis arrived from Grays in the summer of 2011 and has found the back of the net on six occasions this season, one of which being in the fixture against Rovers in early September. 
Last Meeting: Rovers had a game to forget back in September as Darrell Clarke's men went down 2-0 at Cressing Road which included a Kenny Davis penalty following a foul on Jordan Cox from Tom Parkes before Rovers had a goal ruled out for offside. Braintree doubled their lead in the second half through Dan Sparkes after good work from Simeon Akinola.

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