Match preview: Ex-York City chief John Ward to turn to Chris Beardsley

York Press: Match perview: Ex-City chief John Ward to turn to Beardsley Match perview: Ex-City chief John Ward to turn to Beardsley

BRISTOL Rovers will arrive at York City tomorrow having only taken two points from a possible 15 on the road.

The fourth-bottom Pirates have also won just one Sky Bet League Two away match all season – a surprise 1-0 triumph against current promotion play-off candidates Oxford at the start of November.

John Ward’s side’s only other triumphs on their travels this term have come in the FA Cup, where they defeated the Minstermen and Crawley before exiting the competition at Birmingham City on Tuesday night.

Ex-City boss Ward is poised to make a couple of changes from the side that lost 3-0 at St Andrews with the more defensive-minded Tom Lockyer set to replace Oliver Norburn in midfield. One-time Minstermen striker Chris Beardsley is expected to be recalled at the expense of Ellis Harrison.

Beardsley’s only goals during ten outings since an October loan switch from Preston have come during the Cup matches against City when he netted in both the initial tie and the replay.

Midfielder John O’Toole is Rovers’ leading marksman with ten goals, including three in the last three games, while the injury problems that have dogged Ward this season are now easing although striker Ryan Brunt, midfielder Seanus Clucas and German winger Fabian Broghammer will remain sidelined for tomorrow’s match.

Bristol Rovers (probable): Mildenhall, Brown, McChrystal, Parkes, Smith, Lockyer, Clarke, Beardsley, O’Toole, Richards, Harrold.

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3:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

chuckabuttie says...

Very winnable. I saw both games when I was over in November and with a better defence and more potent midfield there should really be only one result.O'Toole is the threat. I've sen him a few times now and would have him in my team any day, but keep him quiet and there's not much else there really. Bill's 4-2 prediction may be close (apart from the 2)
Very winnable. I saw both games when I was over in November and with a better defence and more potent midfield there should really be only one result.O'Toole is the threat. I've sen him a few times now and would have him in my team any day, but keep him quiet and there's not much else there really. Bill's 4-2 prediction may be close (apart from the 2) chuckabuttie
  • Score: 4

4:44pm Fri 17 Jan 14

RooBeck says...

Surely we can't play as badly again, as we did in the FAC1R at BC?! Let's make this fourth time lucky this season and gain the three points by putting The Pirates to the sword through our skills and performance on the pitch. A repeat of last season's 4-1 home win would be nice and a Ryan Bowman hat-trick the right answer to his rough justice back in August! Looking forward to Penn making his home debut and hopefully, gripping the midfield and directing the play.COYR.
Surely we can't play as badly again, as we did in the FAC1R at BC?! Let's make this fourth time lucky this season and gain the three points by putting The Pirates to the sword through our skills and performance on the pitch. A repeat of last season's 4-1 home win would be nice and a Ryan Bowman hat-trick the right answer to his rough justice back in August! Looking forward to Penn making his home debut and hopefully, gripping the midfield and directing the play.COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 5

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