Gillingham v Bristol Rovers Match Preview


By Simon Gray

Bristol Rovers head to Gillingham this weekend hoping to make it three wins from three games in December.

Rovers have been victorious in both home matches this month, winning 2-1 against Rotherham before beating Southend 3-0 last weekend but head east looking for a first away win since the start of October.

Rovers face a Gillingham side who are in the relegation zone but midfielder Liam Sercombe has warned his side that Saturday’s opponents will be a threat.

“I know they’re struggling, but any game in this league’s a tough game,” Sercombe told the Bristol Post.

“They’ll be fighting for their lives down there, they need to get a few wins.

“We’ll go there with the same mentality as we’ve played the last few games and if we do that, I’m sure we can come out on top.”

Rovers manager Darrell Clarke only has one absentee in the form of James Clarke and may opt for the same team that beat Southend last time out.

Gillingham go into the game needing a win to help them steer clear of the relegation zone.

The Gills have only lost two of the nine league games since Steve Lovell took over in October and Lovell is confident that his side can be victorious this weekend.

“Some teams will come to us and put men behind the ball,” Lovell told the club’s website.

“We will start the game in a certain way and change things if it’s not right.

“It’s a game we are looking forward to, we have competition for places and hopefully we can clinch all three points.”

Gillingham have Alex Lacey, Bradley Garmston and Conor Wilkinson all pushing for a place in the squad having recovered from their respective injuries but Billy Bingham remains a long-term absentee.


This will be the 104th meeting between the two sides, Rovers have won 45 games with Gillingham winning 39.

The last time these two sides met at Priestfield ended in a 3-1 Gillingham win.

That win for the hosts meant that Bristol Rovers’ 2016/17 play off push had come to an end.

21, Bristol Rovers fan for as long as i can remember. Highlight has to be to 06/07 Play Off win. Seen Rovers at 43/92 clubs in England and counting.

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