Swindon Town vs Bristol Rovers Match Preview


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By Simon Gray

West Country rivals Swindon and Bristol Rovers lock horns for the first time in four years this weekend.

Town are ahead of Rovers in the league table after picking up seven points from their first four games and manager Luke Williams is looking forward to the derby.

“I think it’s going to be exciting,” Williams told BBC Wiltshire.

“I think the players are going to be really up for the game and these games.

“Bristol Rovers and Oxford (United) really stand out so they’re all looking forward to it and it’s an opportunity for us to get more points on the board but it’s also got that added edge.”

As far as team news goes, Swindon could welcome Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill back for the visit of Bristol Rovers.

The wing-back was sent off for two yellow cards against Gillingham and missed last week’s win over Port Vale.

Striker Jonathan Obika has been sidelined since the start of the season with a groin injury and is still not fit to take part

Rovers are set to recall striker Matty Taylor after the Pirates’ midweek EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea.

New loan signings Connor Roberts and Kelle Roos may push for a place in the matchday squad after signing from Swansea and Derby and Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has said that the two bring added competition for places.

“Connor comes in as a player who can play as a full-back on either side or as a wing back to put pressure on the likes of Daniel Leadbitter and Lee Brown,” he told the Bristol Post.

“Kelle Roos has also arrived to put pressure on my goalkeepers, he did well on a loan spell at AFC Wimbledon and is also highly-regarded at Derby County.

“It is important that nobody thinks they are guaranteed a place every Saturday.

“We are in a pressure business and I want the players to feel that pressure because it should give them that extra edge.

“Nobody puts as much pressure on me than I do and that’s how I want the players to think.”


The last fixture at the County Ground between these two sides ended in a 0-0 draw during the 2011/12 season.

Only one player from either squad that day still plays for their current club, that is left back Lee Brown, who was a second half substitute.

Part of Swindon manager Luke Williams’ Youth career was spent at Rovers until he was released.



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