Rovers U18s face the challenge of reigning champions Bradford City this Saturday morning in a crunch EFL Youth Alliance League meeting at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre.
The two sides were due to battle it out in September only to see the fixture postponed following the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Frank Sinclair’s side will be looking to make amends for their meetings last season when the Bantams took victories in all three games – one of which saw a 5-0 scoreline at Valley Parade on the final day of 2021/22.
Bradford currently sit at the summit of the league after a last gasp winner at Hartlepool United took a ninth win of the season to equal the other two teams sat on 29 points at the top end of the table.
Scoring 41 goals in 15 league games already, the claret and amber have also enjoyed a successful run in the FA Youth Cup this season having made it to the third round - only exiting to Premier League side Chelsea.
However, since then they have won just three times in the league and also took a Youth Alliance Cup loss against the league’s bottom side, Rotherham United.
Despite the Bantams back-to-back wins, Rovers will also head into the game with their tails up having made an unbeaten league since the turn of the year and not lost since November 2022.
Since the start of 2023, the youth team have taken three wins in all competitions and lost just one in the PDL Cup – taking league wins against Huddersfield Town and Burton Albion after having the win snatched away from them at the death in a 2-2 fixture against joint-top side Harrogate Town.
Rovers currently sit six points behind leaders Bradford, but with two games in hand, Sinclair’s side will be gunning to get a further advantage on last year’s champions on Saturday.
Spectators wishing to see the Rovers-Bantams double header before the first team face-off at the Eco Power Stadium, can do so free-of-charge at Cantley Park with the game kicking off at 11am.