Nigel Clough's Mansfield side are the visitors for this weekend fixture
Joey Barton's side return to the Memorial Stadium after a run of two away games to face a Mansfield Town that have had a decent season thus far under the stewardship of, ex Derby and Burton Albion manager, Nigel Clough. The Pirate's on the other hand struggled in the early stages and, while things have began to improve in recent matches, are still performing below expectation.
Earlier in the season, Rovers fell to a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Field Mill; Oli Hawkins gave Mansfield a 1-0 lead at half time before Cian Harries' stunning solo goal looked to have grabbed a point for the away side. However, it was not to be as Danny Johnson's penalty deep into injury time sealed all three points for The Stags.
About Bristol Rovers
Nicknamed The Pirates and The Gas, Bristol Rovers Football Club were established in 1883 and currently play in the EFL League Two, the fourth tier of English football. The club plays its home matches at the 12,300 capacity Memorial Stadium, in the Horfield area of Bristol. Having been bought by billionaire Jordanian Waed al-Qadi and his family in 2016, Rovers have struggled to live up to expectations and will be looking to prove doubters wrong in the 2021/22 season.
Bristol Rovers have played in the English football league since 1920, with their best-ever finish being in both 1956 and 1959 when they secured sixth place in the second tier of English football, then known as Division Two. Having suffered relegation to League Two in 2011 and then into the Conference in 2014, they managed to bounce straight back with two consecutive promotions in 2014/15 and 2015/16 to regain their League One status in 2016/17, where they remained for 4 years before their relegation back to League Two last season.
The club's honours include the 1990 Football League Third Division title when they finished 2 points ahead of arch-rivals and that seasons Runners-Up, Bristol City. Find Bristol Rovers' full 2020/21 fixture list here.