ROB Jones has renewed acquaintances with fellow defender Shelton Martis and is pleased that he will keep him on his toes for a first-team slot.
Curaçaon international Martis is now back in the reckoning for a starting role after a calf injury forced him to miss a large part of pre-season but will have to dislodge either Jones or Jamie McCombe if he wants to start in the centre of defence.
With Rovers short on defensive options, Jones and McCombe were brought in pre-season and have so far proved to be a very capable partnership.
Martis gives manager Dean Saunders another option and Jones, who played with Martis in the SPL at Hibernian before he moved to West Bromwich Albion, welcomes the competition that he brings.
“I’ve played with Shelton before and we know each other well,” said Jones.
“A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then (2006-07 season) but it’s good that he’s back fit now and I’ll be looking over my shoulder.”
Should McCombe pick up an injury or suspension, Jones is confident that he’ll be able to re-ignite his partnership and understanding with Martis.
“It’s years since we played alongside one another but he’s been injured and Jamie has come in after me and done very, very well for us.
“But you can never underestimate those that are challenging for your place in the team and you know the team that is picked will be form-related.
Young Rovers striker Jordan Ball struck two to help Belper Town into the next round of the F.A Cup. The on-loan youngster opened the scoring in their 3-0 win over Matlock Town from the penalty spot and then scrambled in a second before Karl Colley rounded off the scoring.
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