Go with Gills at Rovers

  • By: Nick Hext
  • Last Updated: January 4 2013, 9:25 GMT

Our Nick Hext is happy to make League Two leaders Gillingham to win at Bristol Rovers his Football League tip for the weekend.

Gillingham: Can show class at Bristol Rovers

Gillingham are back on top of League Two and will stay there should they beat Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

I fully expect them to do just that and the Gills are feeling good after the 1-0 win against Southend on New Year's Day saw them displace Port Vale at the summit.

A run of one win in five league matches had seen a bit of pressure put on Martin Allen's men but there shouldn't have been too much panic from the Priestfield faithful.

They are now unbeaten in five league away games with three wins and two draws so the recent record has been far from a disaster with a gap of six points to Cheltenham in fourth.

Allen was delighted with "a tremendous performance against a very good side that are on a great run of form" at Roots Hall and there is much less to fear from struggling Rovers.

The 2-1 win over Plymouth was a big boost to the Pirates and that result, along with AFC Wimbledon's victory at Torquay, sees the bottom five separated by just three points.

Rovers are second-bottom and there is much work for new boss John Ward to do - he has already started with three loan additions right at the start of the transfer window.

Ward knows there is a big task facing him and it was seven games without a win prior to the victory over the Pilgrims, who dispensed with the services of manager Carl Fletcher shortly after the defeat.

The Pirates still need plenty of work to get out of trouble and are a long, long, long way short of Gillingham's quality.

That will show on Saturday and the evens for the side top of the league to beat the side one place off the bottom should be snapped up.

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