League Two
Bristol Rovers3Exeter1

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Exeter City

Matt Taylor
Matt Taylor is the top-scorer in League Two this season

Matt Taylor scored his 28th goal of the season as Bristol Rovers kept alive their hopes of automatic promotion from League Two with victory over Exeter.

The Pirates led 2-0 at the break thanks to Billy Bodin's strike and Lee Brown's well-struck 20-yard free-kick.

The away side hit back early in the second half when Jake Taylor curled a shot past home keeper Steve Mildenhall.

But Taylor's clinical finish ensured the win that leaves Rovers one point behind third-placed Oxford United.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 4LockyerBooked at 72mins
  • 5McChrystal
  • 3BrownBooked at 78mins
  • 23Bodin
  • 14Lines
  • 7MansellSubstituted forLawrenceat 90+4'minutes
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forO Clarkeat 62'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 83'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 6Parkes
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9Harrison
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Easter
  • 25Puddy
  • 29McBurnie

Exeter

  • 1Olejnik
  • 6Ribeiro
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 39BrownBooked at 45minsSubstituted forNichollsat 61'minutes
  • 3WoodmanSubstituted forMcAllisterat 54'minutes
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forGrantat 86'minutes
  • 4Noble
  • 7Harley
  • 29Watkins
  • 38Taylor
  • 33StockleyBooked at 73mins

Substitutes

  • 5McAllister
  • 11Davies
  • 14Nicholls
  • 18Reid
  • 26Tillson
  • 30Pym
  • 31Grant
Referee:
Nigel Miller
Attendance:
10,254

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away11
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Exeter City 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Joel Grant.

Foul by Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City).

Jermaine Easter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jake Taylor (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Lawrence replaces Lee Mansell.

Attempt blocked. Joel Grant (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Mansell.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Joel Grant replaces Lee Holmes.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Alex Nicholls (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Rory Gaffney.

Attempt blocked. David Noble (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

Attempt blocked. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Exeter City).

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

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

Christian Ribeiro (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Matty Taylor.

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

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Exeter City).

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

Booking

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Exeter City 1. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Cristian Montaño.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Nicholls replaces Troy Brown.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton442712578453393
2Accrington442312973482581
3Oxford Utd442214879413880
4Bristol Rovers442471371442779
5Plymouth442381365442177
6Portsmouth431915971422972
7Wimbledon4320111263491471
8Cambridge4418121464531166
9Wycombe441713144540564
10Carlisle441616126260264
11Mansfield441712156152963
12Exeter441712156160163
13Luton44189175958163
14Leyton Orient441712155861-363
15Barnet441611176164-359
16Hartlepool44156234965-1651
17Notts County44139225378-2548
18Crawley44138234572-2747
19Stevenage441113205267-1546
20Yeovil441015193955-1645
21Morecambe44128246789-2244
22Newport441013214362-1943
23York44712254982-3333
24Dag & Red44710274279-3731
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