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Dover Athletic 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke's side are looking to make an immediate return to the Football League

Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers let in a late equaliser at Dover to stop them from returning to the top of the Conference with one game left to play.

The Dover midfielder scrambled the ball home from a yard out after Will Puddy failed to deal with a cross.

Ellis Harrison had given Rovers the lead as he volleyed in from close range after Nathan Blissett headed down Chris Lines' free kick.

Rovers would have gone top with a win after Barnet drew 1-1 at Kidderminster.

But the draw means Rovers are still one point behind Barnet ahead of the final round of fixtures next week.

Rovers must win their final game of the season at home to relegation-threatened Alfreton, and hope Barnet do not win at home to Gateshead, if they are to make an immediate return to the Football League after relegation from League Two on the final day of last season.

Line-ups

Dover

  • 1Walker
  • 29Essam
  • 6Orlu
  • 7Modeste
  • 3WynterSubstituted forCoganat 79'minutes
  • 5Raggett
  • 8BellamySubstituted forKinnearat 84'minutes
  • 28TaiwoBooked at 38mins
  • 17Deverdics
  • 10Murphy
  • 14PayneSubstituted forPooleat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kinnear
  • 11Cogan
  • 18O'Cearuill
  • 21Mekki
  • 31Poole

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystalBooked at 90mins
  • 14Lines
  • 3Brown
  • 6Parkes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 7Mansell
  • 17HarrisonSubstituted forBalantaat 77'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 27Blissett

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 11Gosling
  • 29Balanta
  • 30Bell-Baggie
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
2,351

Match Stats

Home TeamDoverAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home3
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dover Athletic 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dover Athletic 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Booking

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Attempt missed. Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Cogan.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Chris Kinnear replaces Liam Bellamy.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Barry Cogan replaces Tom Wynter.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Angelo Balanta replaces Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. James Poole replaces Stefan Payne.

Goal!

Goal! Dover Athletic 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Blissett with a headed pass.

Foul by Liam Bellamy (Dover Athletic).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic).

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Lines.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Second Half

Second Half begins Dover Athletic 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Dover Athletic 0, Bristol Rovers 0.

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Richard Orlu (Dover Athletic).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

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