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LSC Preview: Rovers v Bury

Rovers can earn a place in the Final of the Lancashire Senior Cup with a win over the Shakers tonight

7 March 2018

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A place in the Final of the Lancashire Senior Cup awaits Rovers, should they negotiate a tricky tie against Bury at the Lancashire FA HQ at Leyland on Wednesday evening.

Rovers have already beaten Wigan Athletic and Morecambe to get to this stage and despite being the 18-time winners of the competition - a record - have triumphed since 2011. It's a slump that Damien Johnson will look to correct this time around and that may mean a strong side to take on the Shakers.

A few first team players do need gametime under their belts, with the likes of Peter Whittingham and Ben Gladwin both returning from injury lay-offs.

Whittingham has been absent since the end of December with a troublesome calf injury, whilst Gladwin has been out for the last few months following a knee problem.

It's expected that both Lewis Travis and Willem Tomlinson could get run outs on the night, whilst there may be an opportunity for Joe Nuttall to start, despite the striker being back in first team reckoning following a recent injury to Dominic Samuel.

The match is too soon for Harry Chapman to mark a playing return, with the Middlesbrough loanee only returning to full time training this week.

It remains to be seen what sort of side Bury will put out, with their perilous first team situation likely to take priority. However, fringe players such as Jay O'Shea and Joe Skarz could do with football, with the pair out of the first team XI picture in recent weeks.

Admission is FREE for season ticket holders, otherwise it is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. Kick-off at Leyland is at 7pm.

The winners of the tie will play either Fleetwood Town or AFC Fylde in the Final of the competition, with that derby clash due to be played on Tuesday 13th March.


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