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Preview: Rovers U23s v Newcastle U23s

Things are hotting up in Premier League 2 for Damien Johnson's charges

9 April 2018

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Monday night is a chance to go one step closer to claiming the Premier League 2 title for Damien Johnson's Development Squad as Newcastle United come to Leyland.

For the final time in the league this season, the Lancashire FA HQ will play host, with Rovers knowing that a win will take them seven points clear of nearest challengers Aston Villa with just two games to play.

But that won't mean Rovers can claim the title against the Magpies this evening, with Villa's next game actually being against Rovers at Ewood Park next week in the potential title-clinching game.

Back to the present day and the likes of Joe Nuttall and Lewis Travis could feature, depending on whether they are part of the first team squad to take on Gillingham on Tuesday evening.

Another who could be available for selection for Johnson is Ben Gladwin, who has missed the last five months with a troublesome knee injury. Gladwin is stepping up his levels and this could be the perfect opportunity to make a return to action.

Things haven't gone well for Newcastle's Under-23s this season, with the Geordie side sitting one place off the bottom of the table.

They have also suffered defeats in each of the last five games and have scored only once in that period of matches, whilst no other team has conceded more goals in the league this season than Monday's opponents.

That's stark contrast to Rovers who have won their last three games without conceding a goal coming into this evening's game.

Kick-off at the Lancashire FA County Ground is at 7pm. All supporters are welcome. Entry is FREE for season ticket holders, otherwise admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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