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Six warm-up games for the 2013–14 season were arranged by the club. Two at home, against Derby County and Reading, and four on the road. After suffering a number of injuries in training and in friendlies it was decided to cancel the game at Salisbury City.

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
12 July Bath City Away 2–2 1,131 Brunt, Harrold
16 July Hereford United Away 1–0 Clarkson
19 July Derby County Home 0–2 1,945
23 July Clevedon Town Away 5–1 Harding (2, 1 pen), Rigg (2), Goddard
26 July Salisbury City Away Cancelled
28 July Reading Home 2–1 1,738 Richards, Clarkson

Bath City[]

Bath City Bath City 2–2 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Stearn (pen 14)
Watkins (50)
(1–1 HT) Brunt (26)
Harrold (47)
Venue: Twerton Park – KO: 12 July 2013 @ 1930

Rovers starting lineup: (♦ = trialist)

Richards
(Clarkson, 46)
Brunt
(Harrold, 46)
Santos
(Broghammer, 46)
Goddard
(Rigg ♦, 46)
Norburn
(Clarke, 46)
Hunter
(Southway, 66)
Brown
(Paterson, 46)
McChrystal
(Parkes, 46)
Keary
(Lockyer , 46)
Southway
(Smith, 46)
Gough

The first pre-season game came immediately after the squad attended an intensive four-day training camp at Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire, with the team travelling back to the West Country on the day of the match.

Boss John Ward wanted to give a run out to every fit member of the squad, with the vast majority of them playing 45 minutes. Goalkeeper Conor Gough was the only man to play the full 90 for the Gas, while Bath included former Pirates Josh Low and Mark Preece in their lineup.

Match reports:

Hereford United[]

Hereford United Hereford United 0–1 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
(0–0 HT) Clarkson (74)
Venue: Edgar Street – KO: 16 July 2013 @ 1930

Rovers starting lineup: (♦ = trialist)

Richards
(Clarkson, 46)
Harrold
(Harding, 74)
Broghammer
(Hunter, 29)
Clarke
(Goddard, 68)
Rigg
(Norburn, 53)
Harrison
Paterson Parkes
(Lockyer, 70)
Keary
(McChrystal , 46)
Smith
Mildenhall

Derby County[]

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 0–2 Derby County Derby County
(0–1 HT) Ward
Russell (52)
Venue: The Memorial Stadium – KO: 19 July 2013 @ 1945

Rovers starting lineup: (♦ = trialist)

Harrold
(Harding)
Clarkson
(Southway)
Harrison
(Santos)
Clarke
(Lockyer)
Norburn
(Goddard)
Richards
(Hunter)
Brown Parkes McChrystal Smith
Mildenhall

Unused substitutes: Conor Gough, Pat Keary, George Rigg

Clevedon Town[]

Clevedon Town Clevedon Town 1–5 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Robbins (21) (1–1 HT) Harding (33 pen, 54)
Rigg (66, 90)
Goddard (83)
Venue: The Hand Stadium – KO: 23 July 2013 @ 1930

Rovers starting lineup: (♦ = trialist)

Lucas
(Gill, 60)
Whichelow
Goddard Rigg Harding Hunter
(Santos, 75)
Green Lockyer Keary Southway
Gough

Unused substitutes: Steve Mildenhall, Lee Brown, Ellis Harrison, Tom Parkes, Eliot Richards

Salisbury City[]

Salisbury City Salisbury City Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Cancelled
Venue: Raymond McEnhill Stadium – KO: 26 July 2013 @ 1930

Reading[]

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers Reading Reading
Venue: The Memorial Stadium – KO: 28 July 2013 @ 1500
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