National League
Bristol Rovers1Dartford0

Bristol Rovers 1-0 Dartford

Matty Taylor
Matty Taylor's second goal of the season helped Bristol Rovers maintain their unbeaten home record in the Conference

Bristol Rovers stretched their unbeaten run to eight Conference games with a nervy win over struggling Dartford.

Matty Taylor's early shot was tipped over by Jason Brown and Neal Trotman fired over for the hosts, while Harry Crawford missed a good Dartford chance.

Rovers went ahead when Rory McAuley fouled Adam Cunnington and Taylor's penalty squirmed past Jason Brown.

Luke Daley's bullet header struck the bar as Dartford pressed, but Rovers soaked up late pressure to hold on.

Darrell Clarke's men have taken advantage of Torquay and Woking's inactivity to move up to fourth in the table, while Dartford drop to 20th.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Dartford

"I was anxious - very, very anxious. Dartford were asking questions at 1-0 because they were still in the game.

"But I'm delighted with the three points, especially with Barnet losing as well.

"We're now four points off top spot with 15 games played so I'm over the moon. "

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 3Brown
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 15Trotman
  • 7MansellBooked at 79mins
  • 8O Clarke
  • 24Sinclair
  • 16MartinSubstituted forMonkhouseat 66'minutes
  • 10TaylorBooked at 74minsSubstituted forHarrisonat 75'minutes
  • 27Cunnington

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 25Puddy

Dartford

  • 1Brown
  • 2Bender
  • 3GreenBooked at 52minsSubstituted forHayesat 54'minutes
  • 4McAuley
  • 14Mitchell-King
  • 5Bradbrook
  • 6Cornhill
  • 9Daley
  • 11Harris
  • 17Crawford
  • 23BradbrookSubstituted forPughat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Hayes
  • 10Pugh
  • 21Ibrahim
  • 27Adams
  • 28Vint
Referee:
Adam Hopkins
Attendance:
5,112

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDartford
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

Offside, Dartford. Harry Crawford tries a through ball, but Harry Crawford is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Luke Daley (Dartford) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ryan Hayes with a cross.

Foul by Tom Bender (Dartford).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Tom Bender (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Offside, Dartford. Harry Crawford tries a through ball, but Harry Crawford is caught offside.

Booking

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Andy Pugh replaces Tom Bradbrook.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Rory McAuley (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Matty Taylor.

Booking

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Tom Bender (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Luke Daley (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Andy Monkhouse replaces Dave Martin.

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

Max Cornhill (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

Tom Bradbrook (Dartford) wins a free kick.

Foul by Harry Crawford (Dartford).

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Dartford.

Substitution

Substitution, Dartford. Ryan Hayes replaces Adam Green.

Attempt saved. Max Cornhill (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Corner, Dartford.

Booking

Adam Green (Dartford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Green (Dartford).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Luke Daley (Dartford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dave Martin.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Dartford 0.

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