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League Two Preview: High-flying Bristol Rovers travel to lowly Barnet
9th January 2016

Only a handful of fixtures in League Two are going ahead this Saturday due to the FA Cup, with the highlight being high-flying Bristol Rovers taking the trip to downtrodden Barnet.

Rovers are in fine form, unbeaten in their last seven, winning five of those. The Pirates have this week also been boosted with the arrival of Shrewsbury Town’s captain Liam Lawrence. Currently in fifth on 43 points, nine behind leaders Plymouth, Darrell Clarke’s men will be looking to close the gap on those above them this weekend.

The hosts, Barnet, are languishing in 18th after consecutive defeats. Surprisingly, they have the third best home record in the league, taking an impressive 23 points from 12 games. The Bees will want to extend this impressive form against the side 15 points further up the table.

Elsewhere, Accrington are currently holding the final play-off place, on 39 points. Stanley have only lost once in their last eight league matches and have up to three games in hand over some of the other clubs in the division.

The club know they will be losing Josh Windass and Matt Crooks to Rangers in the summer after the duo signed pre-contract agreements, and will hope the pair can help them achieve promotion before they move north of the border.

14 February 2015 - Sky Bet League Two - Southend United v Accrington Stanley - Josh Windass of Stanley tackles Jack Payne of Southend. Photo: Ryan Smyth/Offside

Josh Windass this week signed a pre-contract agreement with Rangers.

Their challengers this weekend are Notts County, who are 10 places and nine points behind their opponents.

Without a win in four and only one victory on their travels this season, the Magpies are still without a permanent manager since parting company with Ricardo Moniz towards the end of 2015.

Another team without a win in four league games are Mansfield, who are 12th on 35 points. With only three wins at home from 13 attempts, Town need three points to jump above a number of teams to take them within touching distance of the top-seven.

They welcome Stevenage to Field Mill on Saturday. The visitors are 10 points above the drop but have only taken two points from their last four. After only amassing 11 points from 12 games on the road, a win is vital to keep a safe distance from the relegation zone.

Cambridge are in 11th on 36 points and had a six-game unbeaten streak ended last weekend when they suffered a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Wimbledon.

The U’s have been rocked after finding out left-back Greg Taylor will miss the rest of the season because he needs ankle surgery.

They travel to Crawley, who are five points behind their opponents. Town have won two and lost five of their last seven matches, and have fallen away from those above them.

Boss Mark Yates will be hoping to turn the club’s fortunes around and fast, if they have any ambitions of finishing in the top-seven this term.

League Two Fixtures (Saturday, 3pm)

Accrington Stanley vs Notts County
Barnet vs Bristol Rovers
Crawley Town vs Cambridge United
Mansfield Town vs Stevenage

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