Half-time: Aldershot 1 Bristol Rovers 0
New Bristol Rovers manager John Ward will need his side to come from a goal behind at relegation-rivals Aldershot this afternoon if they are to drag themselves off the foot of the table.
Dean Holdsworth's side had missed a good opportunity to score a goal early on at the Recreation Ground when winger Michael Hector lashed the ball wildly over the bar from close-range after Peter Vincenti had nodded down an accurate set-piece delivery to the far post in the eighth minute.
Hector, though, made up for that misdemeanour in the 33rd minute when picking up the ball on the edge of the penalty area before executing a delicious curling shot out of the reach of Sam Walker's flailing arm and in to the far corner of the net.
A torrential downpour shortly before kick-off and persistent rain that followed has made for a scrappy encounter short on meaningful attempts at goal. Rovers, however, had looked solid enough up in the opening exchanges as treacherous conditions and Ward's playing style philosophy combined to equal a no-nonsense approach – but will need to improve going forward if the manager is to see his first game in charge end in anything other than a defeat.
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Lone front man Tom Eaves was asked to run the channels in anticipation of balls arrowed into his direction, whilst a three-man central midfield unit looked as if it had been asked to win the ball and move it forward and wide with haste.
To that end, Fabian Broghammer proved the most useful outlet by showing a quick pair of heels down the left-hand side – but Rovers have still yet to create a chance of note in what are admittedly difficult conditions.
Ward was also forced to make an early change when Jim Paterson limped out of proceedings in the 18th minute to be replaced by Lee Brown – but had earlier been boosted by the return of long-term absentee Cian Bolger, who replaced the injured Guy Branston alongside skipper Garry Kenneth.
Michael Smith recovered from illness to take over from Danny Woodards, who is suffering with a minor ankle problem, at right-back. Broghammer started on the left of a five-man midfield, which also included Seanan Clucas, Tom Parkes and Joe Anyinsah. David Clarkson started from a deeper midfield position behind lone front man Eaves.
Rovers (4-5-1): Walker; Smith, Kenneth, Bolger, Paterson (L Brown 18); Anyinsah, Clarkson Clucas, Parkes, Broghammer; Eaves. Subs: Richards, Norburn, Harrison, Harding, Gough, Santos.
Aldershot (4-4-2): Young; A Morris, Brown, Bradley, Tonkin; Cadogan, Vincenti, Rose, Hector; Hylton, Lopez. Subs: Berqvist, Mekki, Reid, Madjo, G Morris, Roberts, Webbe.