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13 March 2015

All you need to know about Saturday's opponents

Bristol Rovers face Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium as they look to remain top of the Vanarama Conference.

Rovers: Darrell Clarke's men will be looking to put last weeks defeat behind them and get back to winning ways going into the business end of the season.

Team News: Stuart Sinclair will be the only long term absentee following his injury two weeks ago at Gateshead but loan signing Chris Lines is available for selection.

Darrell's View: "Halifax are in the situation where they have rugby playing on their pitch as well but we certainly won't be using the state of their pitch as an excuse and we will just do the job we have to do.

"They've slipped away a little bit in recent weeks and they have been playing a lot of games and being an ex league club the expectation there is big as well.

"They will be wanting to get back into the league and will want to beat us this weekend so it will be another tough game.

Opposition: Tomorrow's opponents Halifax Town sit just outside the Playoff places having gathered 57 points from their 35 games. The Shayman's form has been stuttering of late gathering three draws in their last four games, with the other fixture being a 1-0 loss away at Southport. Town had a fixture Tuesday night where they drew with Aldershot and Richard Peniket scored the clubs first goal in over five hours of football.

Dangerman - Scott Boden: The former Macclesfield and Alfreton man has been the Shaymen's most constant attacking force this season and has found the back of the net on 10 occasions. However, Boden's form has been stuttering like his clubs and hasn't scored in his last three appearances but it was Boden who scored Halifax's goal back at the Mem in August. 

Last Time Out: Ellis Harrison secured all three points for Darrell Clarke's men in a 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium back in August which brought the end to Halifax's winning start to the season.

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