Bristol Rovers V Cheltenham at The Memorial Stadium : Match Preview

10 February 2014 02:31
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Gillespie hoping for starting role

Bristol Rovers striker Steven Gillespie is pushing for a start against former employees Cheltenham in Tuesday night's local derby.

Gillespie signed for the Pirates last week having been a free agent since his departure from Fleetwood but he shone during his 25 minute debut as a substitute against Oxford on Saturday and will hope he has done enough to earn a start.

Striker Matt Harrold was not involved against the U's and he will be sidelined for a week or two with a knee problem so Chris Beardsley played as the lone striker in the former Wycombe man's absence.

Defender Mark McChrystal will be assessed in the build up to kick off after picking up a knock to his knee in the 1-1 draw on the weekend.

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates has no fresh injury worries.

Winger Ashley Vincent remains sidelined with a hamstring injury while midfielder David Noble has been to see a specialist for his own hamstring problem which has seen him miss every Robins match of 2014 so far.

Their injuries mean Yates will name the same squad that drew 0-0 with York on Saturday.

Substitute Terry Gornell was praised for his impact during the final 30 minutes and he is pushing for a start against the Pirates along with Sam Deering while Michael Ihiekwe is set to continue at right-back in place of Sido Jombati.

Source: PA