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Bristol Rovers 2-1 FC Halifax Town

Ellis Harrison
Harrison struck late to end Halifax's 100% record

Halifax lost their 100% record and their place at the top of the Conference after a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Adam Cunnington opened the scoring with his first goal for Rovers when he nodded in a cross from Jamie White.

Halifax equalised when Scott Boden turned away from three Rovers defenders and lashed the ball into the net.

Rovers struck a late winner to snatch all three points when Ellis Harrison bundled in Stuart Sinclair's cross.

Bristol Rovers rise to 15th as Halifax drop to second on goal difference behind Barnet.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on FC Halifax Town win

"Don't get me wrong I was pleased with winning the football match but I'm disappointed with our second half performance.

"The pleasing thing for me is that the lads know that, I always try to make an honest assessment on the game and give Halifax a bit go credit, second half they had a right good go.

"We defend our box well at times but I expected more from our players, but we've dug in there, continued to try and with the match and we have won it.

"I'm delighted with the three points against an in-form team but I set higher standards than that, and the players have set higher standards over the last couple of games."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4LockyerBooked at 68mins
  • 15Trotman
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 23MonkhouseBooked at 56mins
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7Mansell
  • 16MartinSubstituted forSinclairat 67'minutes
  • 27Cunnington
  • 14WhiteSubstituted forHarrisonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 9Brunt
  • 17Harrison
  • 24Sinclair
  • 25Puddy

Halifax

  • 27Glennon
  • 2BoltonBooked at 23mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 14Williams
  • 3McManus
  • 5PearsonSubstituted forDyerat 70'minutes
  • 8Marshall
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forRobertsat 86'minutes
  • 20Maynard
  • 12PeniketSubstituted forSchofieldat 25'minutes
  • 19Boden

Substitutes

  • 1Senior
  • 6Ainge
  • 10Dyer
  • 15Roberts
  • 22Schofield
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,394

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamHalifax
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home10
Away10
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, FC Halifax Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, FC Halifax Town 1.

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers).

Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt missed. Steve Williams (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, FC Halifax Town 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stuart Sinclair with a cross.

Attempt missed. James Bolton (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison tries a through ball, but Ellis Harrison is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Kevin Roberts replaces Jamie Jackson.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Ross Dyer replaces Matty Pearson.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Dave Martin.

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

Foul by Steve Williams (FC Halifax Town).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Steve Williams (FC Halifax Town).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, FC Halifax Town 1. Scott Boden (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Jamie White.

Attempt missed. Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Paul Marshall.

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

Booking

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Schofield.

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Jackson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamie White (Bristol Rovers).

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