League Two
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Bristol Rovers 4-1 Hartlepool United

Matt Taylor
Bristol Rovers' Matt Taylor (above) heads in his second of three goals against Hartlepool

Matt Taylor scored a hat-trick as Bristol Rovers eased past struggling Hartlepool to go sixth in League Two.

The striker volleyed home Billy Bodin's lay-off before Rory Gaffney capitalised on poor defending to double their lead.

Rovers put the result beyond doubt before the break when Taylor powerfully headed home Lee Brown's centre.

Billy Paynter pulled one back for Pools but Taylor tapped in to complete his treble, with visiting midfielder Brad Walker striking the post and crossbar.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15J Clarke
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystalBooked at 72mins
  • 3Brown
  • 23Bodin
  • 14Lines
  • 7MansellSubstituted forO Clarkeat 83'minutes
  • 16Lawrence
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 75'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forHarrisonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 6Parkes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Harrison
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 25Puddy

Hartlepool

  • 1Carson
  • 2Magnay
  • 26Jackson
  • 5Harrison
  • 3CarrollBooked at 53mins
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forFenwickat 59'minutes
  • 8WalkerBooked at 82mins
  • 16FeatherstoneBooked at 27minsSubstituted forHawkinsat 66'minutes
  • 30Gray
  • 10PaynterSubstituted forOatesat 75'minutes
  • 33James

Substitutes

  • 15Oates
  • 17Fenwick
  • 18Hawkins
  • 19Richards
  • 28Laurent
  • 40Caig
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
6,634

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Hartlepool United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Hartlepool United 1.

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United).

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Luke James (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Hand ball by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Luke James (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by James Clarke.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Lee Mansell.

Booking

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Hand ball by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Rory Gaffney because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Scott Harrison.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Rhys Oates replaces Billy Paynter.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Jackson.

Attempt missed. Scott Fenwick (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Attempt missed. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Adam Jackson (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Lewis Hawkins replaces Nicky Featherstone.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Luke James.

Attempt missed. Jake Gray (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Scott Fenwick replaces Nathan Thomas.

Attempt saved. Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton34236560332775
2Oxford Utd341810659322764
3Plymouth34197848282064
4Accrington32168855391656
5Portsmouth331314652302253
6Bristol Rovers331651246351153
7Leyton Orient34141195147453
8Wimbledon331410951401152
9Wycombe33157113731652
10Mansfield34149114640651
11Carlisle32131185146550
12Cambridge34148124946350
13Luton34138134948147
14Exeter34129134449-545
15Barnet33127144348-543
16Crawley34125173955-1641
17Notts County33117154655-940
18Morecambe34106185462-836
19Newport32810143546-1134
20Stevenage34810164257-1534
21Yeovil34711163447-1332
22Hartlepool3184193053-2328
23York3468203765-2826
24Dag & Red3349203258-2621
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