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ROVERS v Bees Preview

6 October 2016

Saturday 8th October 2016 (3pm), Sky Bet League Two, Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers welcome Barnet to Keepmoat Stadium looking to preserve their unbeaten home run which stretches back to late March.


Since then, Darren Ferguson’s men have won five games and drawn three on their own patch.


Arguably though it is away from home where they have looked most impressive, recording their most significant performance of the season in a 5-1 demolition of Morecambe before achieving their biggest result of the campaign with a 2-1 victory against Portsmouth at Fratton Park last weekend.


Entering a run of games that sees Barnet, Colchester and Wycombe all visit South Yorkshire over the next four weeks; Rovers will look to strengthen their grip on the early automatic places.


Rovers face the Bees in the Football League for the first time since the ill-fated 97-98 season, though they crossed paths in two out of our five seasons in the Conference.


In fact, the last time the sides met was at Underhill in early 2003 with Rovers destined for the play-off places. Aided by early goals from Jamie Paterson and Robert Gill, the visitors went on to record a double, having defeated the Bees earlier on in the campaign at Belle Vue.


History marginally favours the London club who’ve won six to Rovers’ five games in just 16 meetings, which only stretch back as far as 1991.


TEAM NEWS: Niall Mason, Paul Keegan and Mathieu Baudry all played 90 minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy penalty shootout win over Derby County in midweek and could feature. Frazer Richardson will miss the game through injury, while John Marquis is suspended.


LAST TIME: 

Sat 4th Jan 2003: 

BFC 1 (Hendon, 52)

DRFC 2 (Paterson, 12; Gill,18)

Football Conference

Underhill

Attendance – 1859


BFC - D Naisbitt, L Pluck (F Toms, 79), I Hendon, G Heald, L Flynn, M Gower, J Doolan, I Yakabu, N Midgley, J Agogo (T Oshitola, 19), W Purser  

DRFC A Warrington, T Mustafa, T Ryan, M Albrighton, D Barrick, C Beech, G Owen, D Hudson (R Ravenhill, 86), J Paterson (D Morley, 76), P Barnes, R Gill (J Jackson, 80)


HEAD TO HEAD: Results (in Doncaster): Rovers – 4, Draws – 2, BFC – 2.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS? DRFC 8/13, Draw 3/1, BFC 17/4.


ROVERS PLAYER: Listen to live coverage from 14:45 with Tom Biltcliffe and Paul Goodwin. 

ROVERS WALL: Follow all the action as it happens from 14:00



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