League One
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Bristol Rovers 1-0 Oldham Athletic

Ellis Harrison's 75th-minute winner was enough for Bristol Rovers to deny Oldham Athletic League One safety as they recorded a narrow victory at the Memorial Stadium.

The striker hammered home a low right-footed shot from 15 yards out after Byron Moore's pass across the box had created the opportunity. It proved the decisive moment of a low-key contest.

Both goalkeepers made fine second-half saves, Oldham's Connor Ripley keeping out a stinging drive from Stuart Sinclair and Rovers' Joe Lumley diving to keep out a Lee Erwin volley.

A drab first half featured nothing more than long-range efforts from both teams. Rovers midfielder Billy Bodin produced two of them, but on each occasion was denied by Ripley.

Harrison also brought a save from Ripley, while - at the other end - Oldham's Tope Obadeyi fired straight at Lumley and as Erwin shot wide.

Rovers edged a close contest and left Oldham with nothing to show for a spirited performance.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Lumley
  • 34PartingtonSubstituted forBroomat 72'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 33Sweeney
  • 16Harris
  • 23Bodin
  • 24SinclairBooked at 63mins
  • 14Lines
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forMooreat 56'minutes
  • 9Harrison
  • 29JamesSubstituted forEasterat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 7Mansell
  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 22Moore
  • 27Broom
  • 35Burn

Oldham

  • 1Ripley
  • 4Wilson
  • 20Stott
  • 26Clarke
  • 27McLaughlin
  • 8BanksSubstituted forCroftat 87'minutes
  • 6O'NeillSubstituted forFaneat 65'minutes
  • 7Flynn
  • 12Taylor
  • 19Erwin
  • 30ObadeyiSubstituted forGreenat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Law
  • 11Croft
  • 13Kettings
  • 15Edmundson
  • 17Mantack
  • 24Fane
  • 28Green
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
9,083

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamOldham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away9
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Oldham Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ousmane Fane (Oldham Athletic).

Delay in match Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Flynn (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Foul by Ryan Broom (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Harris (Bristol Rovers).

Ryan McLaughlin (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Lee Croft replaces Oliver Banks.

Robert Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Ellis Harrison.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Ryan Sweeney.

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

Foul by Brian Wilson (Oldham Athletic).

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Joe Lumley.

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Oldham Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Oldham Athletic 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Byron Moore.

Attempt saved. Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Robert Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Broom replaces Joe Partington.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Ousmane Fane replaces Aiden O'Neill.

Substitution

Substitution, Oldham Athletic. Paul Green replaces Tope Obadeyi.

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

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Oldham Athletic).

Booking

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Tope Obadeyi (Oldham Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Oldham Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

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

Foul by Aiden O'Neill (Oldham Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Luke James.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Cristian Montaño.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd442810686454194
2Bolton4323101063362779
3Fleetwood4422121061412078
4Scunthorpe4422101275522376
5Bradford441918758421675
6Millwall4419131262511170
7Southend4419121369521769
8Rochdale441910156960967
9Bristol Rovers441812146362166
10Oxford Utd44189176052863
11Peterborough441611175857159
12MK Dons441513165654258
13Walsall431416135052-258
14Wimbledon441317145252056
15Charlton441218145552354
16Northampton441410206070-1052
17Oldham441215173043-1351
18Gillingham441213195776-1949
19Shrewsbury441212204561-1648
20Bury431210215872-1446
21Port Vale431112204468-2445
22Swindon441111224361-1844
23Chesterfield44910254073-3337
24Coventry44812243565-3036
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