Accrington Stanley v Bristol Rovers: Promotion hopefuls collide
29 January 2016
The race for promotion in Sky Bet League 2 continues this weekend as Accrington Stanley lock horns with Bristol Rovers at the Crown Ground.
With Oxford United not in action it gives both teams the opportunity to apply some pressure at the business end of the table, and Rovers have been boosted ahead of the clash with the signing of former New Zealand International Rory Fallon.
The 33-year-old striker, who played for his country in the 2010 World Cup Finals, joined on a free transfer earlier in the week, with Manager Darrell Clarke delighted to add to his attacking options.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said: “He’s a very experienced footballer and someone who I would call an old fashioned striker. He will give us different options during games, especially when I want to change formations/personnel and adds further competition to my squad.”
Rovers travel to Accrington who are only playing their second home fixture since mid-November due to a host of postponements, which has resulted in the club having as many as four games in hand over some of the sides above them.
The hosts could climb as high as fifth with a win on Saturday dependent on other results, while victory for the visitors would see them move within a point of the automatic promotion places.
Accrington have only lost two of their 10 home league games this season while their opponents have won eight of their 14 fixtures on the road.
Rovers are currently a side in fine form, having lost just once in their last 10 outings, while Accrington have won two and lost two of the four games they've contested since Christmas.
The clubs have only met on 11 occasions previously, one of which was earlier this season when Accrington recorded an impressive 1-0 win at the Memorial Ground courtesy of a 68th minute strike from Billy Kee.
In the head to head statistics Stanley have won seven of the 11 games played, including the last five in a row – four of those by a goal to nil.
You can see how the sides get on, along with the rest of the action in Sky Bet League 2, by following our divisional Twitter feed via @SkyBetLeague2.