BRISTOL Rovers have been handed a home tie against Port Vale in the quarter-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The draw was made on Thursday evening by former footballer and EFL pundit Don Goodman and Brentford head hoach Thomas Frank live on Sky Sports’ EFL Matters show.

In the other quarter-final ties, Portsmouth will entertain Peterborough United, Sunderland will host Manchester City Under-21s and Bury will play Oxford United. The games will be played the week commencing January 21, 2019.

Meanwhile, Bristol Rovers have confirmed that defender Joe Martin has left the club after his loan spell from Stevenage ended.

Martin originally joined Rovers on a temporary move at the end of August and made his debut in the 1-1 draw away at Shrewsbury Town at the start of September. The left-back went on to make 11 appearances for the club.

Rovers’ goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, though, has returned to Bristol following his loan spell at Lincoln City.

Slocombe has been at the Imps since the end of August to provide support for their number one Josh Vickers. However, his appearances at Lincoln have been limited confined to cup competitions, with the 30-year old playing just five times – once in the Carabao Cup and four times in the Checkatrade Trophy.

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