Crewe Alexandra welcome Doncaster Rovers to Mornflake Stadium for a League Two clash on Saturday (3pm).
Both sides have struggled for form lately, and will aim to get their first victories for several weeks.
Rovers lie 12th in the table on 21 points, having won six of their 14 games this term. Last time out, they were defeated 3-0 at Carlisle United in a game which turned out to be Gary McSheffrey’s final game as manager.
Danny Schofield was appointed as Doncaster manager on Thursday, putting pen-to-paper on a one-year rolling contract.
Schofield had a tough period as manager of Huddersfield Town, struggling in the opening nine games of the 2022-23 campaign before being dismissed by the West Yorkshire club.
Lee Bell: “We don’t know how Doncaster will play, they’ve tried to press in the past, they’ve dropped off, they have played with three and four at the back, so it is unpredictable. But we are fully focused on what we have to do.”
Danny Schofield: “We’ll be doing everything to prepare for Crewe over the next two days – the messages will be very clear.
“We’ll not be looking to get from here to where we want to be in a couple of days, but we will start putting things in place to make us competitive, and ultimately trying to win football matches.”
Crewe will assess the fitness of Rod McDonald (groin) and Tariq Uwakwe (ankle) before Saturday afternoon, while Courtney Baker-Richardson reported muscle stiffness after a midweek fixture. Christopher Long (ankle), Callum Ainley (shoulder), and Charlie Colkett (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Doncaster face being without Aidan Barlow and Reo Griffiths, after they picked up injuries before their clash last week against Carlisle.
Doncaster have the edge when it comes to fixtures between the sides, having won 43 compared to the Alex’s 36.
Rovers were victorious in the most recent fixture, a 2-0 success at Keepmoat Stadium in April 2022.
Carl Brook will take charge of the fixture the first Alex match of his career.
He will be assisted by Helen Edwards and Andrew Hendley, with Danny Gratton appointed as fourth official.
Elsewhere in League Two
Carlisle United v Leyton Orient; Crawley Town v Mansfield Town; Gillingham v Barrow; Grimsby Town v Bradford City; Harrogate Town v Tranmere Rovers; Newport County v Colchester United; Rochdale v AFC Wimbledon; Salford City v Stockport County; Stevenage v Northampton Town; Sutton United v Walsall; Swindon Town v Hartlepool United.
|Boughey Stand||Rhino Safety Stand||Andrew Connolly Financial Planning Stand|
|Adult||£25 (£21)||£23 (£20)||£23 (£20)|
|Senior (60+)||£19 (£16)||£17.50 (£15)||£17.50 (£15)|
|12-16 Years||£12 (£10)||£10 (£9.50)||£10 (£9.50)|
|Under 11||£7.50 (£6)||£6.50 (£5.50)||£6.50 (£5.50)|
|Disabled||£19 (£16)||£17.50 (£15)||£17.50 (£15)|
*Family Ticket is for 1 adult & 1 under 11 in the Family Stand.
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