After picking up 4 points out of 6 on the road in the previous two games, Rovers look to back-to-back home games, beginning with the visit of Cheltenham Town.

Firstly, striker, Liam Mandeville comes back into contention of the starting 18 after successfully recovering from injury, which in turn applies added pressure to current strikers Alfie May and John Marquis with Andy Williams and now Liam Mandeville looking to break back into the first team.

Joe Wright has begun ‘straight line running’, which means he’s almost recovered from his little set-back and Paul Keegan has also injured himself, so he’ll be out for a short amount of time too.

Should Rovers get another penalty this weekend the big question will be, who will take it? Well, Ferguson has ruled out previous contenders: Marquis, Williams and Rowe, and he hinted that a defender could take the step up – so could Baudry be next to step up to the spot? In addition, Ferguson shared his disbelief that Coppinger hasn’t been a penalty taker during in his time at the club.

Darren Ferguson wants form to get back on track after describing Rovers recent bad form as “good” at the same time, due to the fact that they’ve still managed to pick-up points still and remain unbeaten at home, while maintaining in top spot in the league.


Cheltenham could be set to break a club record, after not conceding in their last four games. If they make it to the 50th minute without conceding, then they’ve broke the record.

Their away record isn’t too good, however, they’ve only picked up 17 points from 16 games on the road, which see’s them with 20th worst record in the league – in front of: Accrington, Newport, Yeovil and Hartlepool.

Players to watch

Midfielder, Billy Waters, is their player to watch with 10 league goals this campaign.

For obvious reasons, goalkeeper, Scott Brown will be one hard player to beat, because he’ll be wanting to be part of a record-breaking team, in addition he hasn’t conceded in his last four games. 

Previous encounters

Previously on the road, Rovers were 1-0 victors with a goal John Marquis.

Last time Cheltenham came to the Keepmoat was in, January 2009, which was in the FA Cup and saw Sean O’Driscoll’s men comfortably win 3-0, with goals from Brian Stock and Sam Hird.

Predicted lineup v Cheltenham Town

Lawlor; Blair, Baudry, Butler, Alcock; Mason, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; May and Marquis.