Swindon Town v Bristol Rovers Match Preview

Bristol Rovers midfielder Chris Lines in action in the original fixture last month. (Credit: Bristol Post)

Bristol Rovers midfielder Chris Lines in action in the original fixture last month. (Credit: Bristol Post)

By Simon Gray

West Country rivals Swindon and Bristol Rovers play their rescheduled match tonight.

The original fixture came to an early end on the hour mark after a huge thunderstorm mid match made the pitch unplayable.

Since then there has been controversy circulating over ticket prices with Swindon going against etiquette and charging fans that attended the original fixture once again due to ‘high policing and other services costs’ with Rovers boss Darrell Clarke labelling it a disgrace.

“I’ve made my views crystal clear on the price of the tickets for not just our supporters, but theirs as well,” he told the Bristol Post.

“That is their prerogative as a football club and they live and die by their decisions as I do as a manager.

“The way I see it is that if I was a Bristol Rovers supporter I wouldn’t be going to the game on a point of principle.

“We took 2,800 fans there last time and as far as I am aware we have sold 300 this time. Our fans aren’t mugs and the proof will be in the pudding.”

Rovers have drawn their last four league matches but Clarke may name an unchanged side for the third match in succession. However, Charlie Colkett, the man who scored the late equaliser at Bradford on Saturday will be pushing for a start after impressing in the three matches he’s come off of the bench.

Town are still ahead of Rovers in the league table but haven’t won in the league since the abandonment just over three weeks ago, losing two of the three they’ve played.

As far as team news goes, Swindon are without Jamie Sendles-White who is now out for the season after rupturing his ACL in the defeat to Bury on Saturday.

Striker Jonathan Obika who was out of the original fixture is now back and amongst the goals for the home side.

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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.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 40/92 clubs in England and counting.

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