When they play Boreham Wood, a National League team, at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Bristol Rovers have a golden chance to advance to the FA Cup’s third round. Bristol Rovers are currently playing in League One, two divisions above their opponents, so this will be their first meeting.
Bristol Rovers appear to have handled the step up well, currently sitting 15th in the standings, after securing automatic promotion to the third division on the final day of the previous season in dramatic fashion.
The Gas has gone through a long period of adjustment, winning just two of their first 11 games. However, they have really managed to get going since the beginning of October, winning just one of their last 13 games in all competitions. Joey Barton’s team reached this stage of the FA Cup during this time by defeating Rochdale 1-0 at home, with veteran forward Scott Sinclair scoring the only goal of the game.
Not only are the opponents on Sunday separated by two leagues, but Boreham Wood also enters the match in very poor form. As a result, Bristol Rovers should be able to comfortably advance to the next round.
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Nearly everyone, with the exception of Boreham Wood, sees Bristol Rovers as a strong outsider heading into this match. Will they convince the majority of people wrong or could Boreham Wood have a surprise in store for them?