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Bristol Rovers 0-1 Doncaster Rovers

Bristol Rovers could not win in manager Darrell Clarke's absence as Niall Mason fired Doncaster to victory at the Memorial Stadium.

Mason's first-half penalty settled a game in which Clarke could not attend due to a sickness bug.

The winner came in the 33rd minute when Tommy Rowe exchanged passes with Alfie Beestin and burst into the box only to be halted by Ryan Sweeney's clumsy challenge.

Referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot and Mason blasted his penalty down the middle, finding the roof of the net as home goalkeeper Adam Smith moved to his right.

Sweeney had Bristol Rovers' best first-half chance, but saw his close-range volley from Liam Sercombe's corner tipped over by Doncaster keeper Ian Lawlor.

The hosts almost equalised in the 86th minute when Lee Brown's free-kick was brilliantly saved at full stretch by Lawlor.

Rovers forced the ball home in the melee that followed, but a linesman had flagged that the ball had gone out of play and they had to make do with a corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forTelfordat 87'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Sweeney
  • 3Brown
  • 7SercombeBooked at 90mins
  • 22PartingtonBooked at 76mins
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forLinesat 67'minutes
  • 10Bodin
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forNicholsat 73'minutes
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Nichols
  • 14Lines
  • 16Broadbent
  • 18Telford
  • 20Bola

Doncaster

  • 1Lawlor
  • 5Baudry
  • 6Butler
  • 15WrightBooked at 62mins
  • 8Mason
  • 7KongoloSubstituted forWhitemanat 72'minutes
  • 16HoughtonBooked at 77mins
  • 10Rowe
  • 20Garratt
  • 22BeestinSubstituted forMayat 75'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 2Alcock
  • 12Whiteman
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Mandeville
  • 19May
  • 21Longbottom
  • 27Ben Khemis
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
8,300

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Niall Mason.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dominic Telford replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.

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

Foul by Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alfie May replaces Alfie Beestin.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Rory Gaffney.

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

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Benjamin Whiteman replaces Rodney Kongolo.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Stuart Sinclair.

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

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan22163349123751
2Shrewsbury22145330141647
3Blackburn22135440202044
4Scunthorpe23126531181342
5Bradford2313373628842
6Charlton2210663027336
7Peterborough2310583934535
8Portsmouth23112102726135
9Rotherham23103103833533
10Oxford Utd238783534131
11Walsall227873031-129
12Blackpool237792831-328
13Southend237792637-1128
14Doncaster2376102327-427
15Fleetwood2376103137-627
16Oldham2376103744-727
17Bristol Rovers2390143341-827
18Gillingham236892225-326
19MK Dons236892634-826
20Plymouth2366112232-1024
21Wimbledon2265111727-1023
22Northampton2365121939-2023
23Rochdale2241082429-522
24Bury2245131932-1317
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