Manager Darrell Clarke has named his starting lineup and substitutes for this Sunday’s fixture against Sutton United.
The match kicks off at 1.00pm at The Borough Sports Ground, Gander Green Lane, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 2EY.
Rovers are travelling to Gander Green Lane to officially open Sutton's new 3G pitch and their manager Paul Dodswell, a good friend of Darrell Clarke, is delighted that the club are sending a strong squad to meet his side on what promises to be a celebratory and enjoyable afternoon.
Speaking ahead of the fixture he said; “We are very pleased with our new playing surface and can’t wait to play on it. It’s all so new we haven’t even been able to train on it yet and to have Bristol Rovers come here for the official opening will make the afternoon very special.
“I have to say that the pitch looks fantastic and to tell everyone that the same surface being used by Scottish side Kilmarnock and French Rugby Union side Toulouse.
“It comes with a ten year guarantee and we have spent a great deal of money on it to ensure that it meets the needs of all the teams who will play here, including AFC Wimbledon Ladies and Sutton Common Rovers.
“In addition, all of our teams, which number 25, from U-8’s through to U-18, will be able to use the facility to train on so it really is a major dfeal for our club.
“For those who haven’t visited us before, we have a very compact ground with a capacity of 4,500 and any Bristol Rovers supporters travelling to see the game on Sunday will be made very welcome.
“In addition to having a well stocked bar, we are planning a hog roast and hope that a number of Gasheads will make a day of it and come along to support their team and take advantage of our hospitality.”
Darrell has named the following side for this match:
Ian McLoughlin, Daniel Leadbitter, James Clarke, Tom Parkes, Lee Brown, Jake Gosling, Ollie Clarke, Chris Lines, Toby Ajala, Ellis Harrison, Matty Taylor
Substitutes: Jay Malpas, Ryan Broom, Dominic Thomas, Alfie Kilgour
Barring any injuries sustained in training this week, these players will definitely be on duty this Sunday.