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Dates confirmed for Checkatrade Trophy

5 August 2016

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The dates for Rovers' Checkatrade Trophy matches have now been confirmed.

Rovers, who enter the competition for the first time as one of the 16 invited Category 1 Academy clubs, will face Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic in Group D.

They start their involvement away at Fleetwood Town on Tuesday 30th August, before facing Carlisle United at Brunton Park on Tuesday 4th October. Both games kick-off at 7.45pm.

Ewood Park will play host to Rovers' final group match as they take on Oldham Athletic on Tuesday 8th November, kick-off 7.30pm.

As one of the invited clubs, for each game Rovers have to name at least six players aged under 21 (as of June 30th 2016) in the starting eleven.

A win in the group stages of the Checkatrade Trophy will be worth three points, whilst any match that ends in a draw will be decided by penalties after 90 minutes. The winning team from the penalty shootout will get two points, the losing side one point.

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

Ticketing arrangements will be announced in due course.

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