National League
Bristol Rovers2Lincoln City0

Bristol Rovers 2-0 Lincoln City

Promotion-chasing Bristol Rovers recorded a comfortable victory over Lincoln City.

Matty Taylor lashed a close-range shot against the bar, with Imps keeper Paul Farman rooted to the spot early on.

Ben Tomlinson hit the side-netting for the visitors before Lee Brown's effort nestled into the bottom-right corner to give the Pirates the lead.

Minutes later Taylor held the ball up well and fed in Nathan Blissett, who tapped home to double the advantage.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Clarke on Bristol Rovers v Lincoln

"It was a very good, solid performance. We were disciplined and played some good football at times.

"Perhaps we could have had a few more goals. Matty Taylor had an unfortunate afternoon in front of goal.

"He hit the crossbar and the post and then the keeper's chin.

"It was a good, hard-working performance and it was nice to get back to the Mem."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5McChrystal
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 4Lockyer
  • 7MansellBooked at 24mins
  • 28DawsonSubstituted forGoslingat 90'minutes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forBalantaat 90'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Gosling
  • 14Wakefield
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy
  • 29Balanta

Lincoln City

  • 1Farman
  • 3NewtonSubstituted forDaviesat 46'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 17Caprice
  • 23Brown
  • 5Bencherif
  • 22MarshallSubstituted forWaiteat 74'minutes
  • 20Adams
  • 14Nolan
  • 12MendyBooked at 68mins
  • 11Tomlinson
  • 15Sam-YorkeSubstituted forBurrowat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Burrow
  • 18Everington
  • 25Waite
  • 28Davies
  • 30Grant
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
6,528

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Lincoln City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Lincoln City 0.

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Angelo Balanta replaces Matty Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jake Gosling replaces Adam Dawson.

Offside, Lincoln City. Jordan Burrow tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Nathan Blissett.

Attempt missed. Jordan Burrow (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tyrell Waite with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) hits the woodwork with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Adam Dawson with a cross.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Tyrell Waite replaces Marcus Marshall.

Foul by Tom Davies (Lincoln City).

Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

Tom Davies (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Marcus Marshall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Booking

Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jon Nolan (Lincoln City).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Lincoln City.

Foul by Hamza Bencherif (Lincoln City).

Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Hand ball by Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers).

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

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

Offside, Lincoln City. Ben Tomlinson tries a through ball, but Ben Tomlinson is caught offside.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Charlee Adams (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordan Burrow replaces Delano Sam-Yorke.

Foul by Delano Sam-Yorke (Lincoln City).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Tom Davies replaces Sean Newton because of an injury.

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