Carlisle United v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Brunton Park on an amazing winning run of six games, all in the month of March.

The Pirates are now just four points behind second place Oxford with a game in hand after Good Friday’s emphatic 3-0 win against Cambridge United.

Now fans are dreaming of back to back promotions and midfielder Billy Bodin, who scored a brace against Cambridge, wants to take his tally to double figures.

“I’m on eight goals for the season now so it would be great to get a couple more in the games remaining and get to double figures.” He told the Bristol Post.

“The way we play football suits my style as well as a lot of the other players – I hope this group can progress and stay together for many years to come.”

Rovers will be without U21 internationals Tom Lockyer, Ellis Harrison and Oliver McBurnie once again. Central midfielder Ollie Clarke is a doubt after picking up a knock in the Cambridge victory. Stuart Sinclair and Lee Mansell are the only long term absentees for Clarke.

Carlisle go into the game on the back of four successive draws and are still hoping of a play off place. They sit 10th in the table, six points behind seventh place Wycombe.

Manager Keith Curle has insisted that though Rovers are on a fantastic run, his side are not pushovers.

“This will be a test because they’ve got fantastic momentum from being promoted last season,” he told the club’s website.

“They’ve found a bit of consistency. They’re producing everything we’re trying to bring to our club at the moment.”

Curle, who used to play for Rovers has free transfer Louis Pedro available since his move. Leading scorer Jabo Ibehre has been on the bench for the last two games and the striker could be ready to return to the starting line-up on Monday.

With both sides still having promotion ambitions, this match promises to be an entertaining Easter Monday for fans.


Carlisle manager Keith Curle played 32 games for Rovers, scoring four times.

Carlisle have drawn the joint highest matches in the league (15) along with Portsmouth.

Rovers have not enjoyed many of the long trips up north to Carlisle in recent times, having not won their since 2005.





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