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Bristol Rovers3Gateshead2

Bristol Rovers 3-2 Gateshead

Stuart Sinclair
Stuart Sinclair joined Rovers from Salisbury in June

Bristol Rovers twice fought back from a goal down to beat Gateshead in a five-goal thriller at the Memorial Stadium.

Stuart Sinclair smashed in the winner after visiting keeper Adam Bartlett ran out of the area and lost the ball.

Matty Pattison bundled The Heed ahead before Ollie Clarke equalised with a stunning low 30-yard strike.

Alex Rodman slotted in as Gateshead regained the lead, only for Lee Mansell to level again with a free-kick before Sinclair's goal won it.

Victory preserved the Pirates' fine home record in the league this season, having lost just once, while Gary Mills's Tynesiders remain three points outside the play-off places.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Speiss
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystalSubstituted forTrotmanat 66'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7MansellBooked at 75mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 29BalantaSubstituted forO Clarkeat 29'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 31WallSubstituted forHarrisonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 16Baxter
  • 5Curtis
  • 6Clark
  • 18O'Donnell
  • 4ChandlerSubstituted forRankineat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7Oster
  • 8Turnbull
  • 25Pattison
  • 12RamshawSubstituted forWrightat 73'minutes
  • 23Rodman

Substitutes

  • 10Guy
  • 15Allan
  • 19Rankine
  • 26Gjokaj
  • 29Wright
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,367

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Gateshead 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Gateshead 2.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Matty Pattison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Daniel Wright (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Gateshead.

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from long range on the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Gateshead).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Alex Wall.

Booking

Michael Rankine (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Offside, Gateshead. Daniel Wright tries a through ball, but Daniel Wright is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Alex Wall (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Attempt missed. Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

Michael Rankine (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Booking

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Daniel Wright replaces Rob Ramshaw.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Gateshead 2. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Gateshead 2. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Foul by Ben Clark (Gateshead).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Gateshead.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Neal Trotman replaces Mark McChrystal because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Michael Rankine replaces Jamie Chandler.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Gateshead 2. Alex Rodman (Gateshead) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Oster.

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