National League
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers3NuneatonNuneaton Borough1

Bristol Rovers 3-1 Nuneaton Town

Tom Parkes
Tom Parkes' early goal set Bristol Rovers on the way to victory over Nuneaton

Matty Taylor and Jake Gosling scored their first Bristol Rovers goals as they overpowered Nuneaton to record a fourth straight home win.

Tom Parkes put the hosts in front after just 71 seconds when Reice Charles-Cook fumbled Dave Martin's free-kick.

Taylor doubled Rovers' lead by converting Lee Mansell's pass, but a Gareth Dean header gave Nuneaton hope.

Gosling restored the two-goal cushion with a left-foot shot after being teed up by Martin to ease any home nerves.

Rovers have dropped only two points at home this season and move up to 10th in the table as a result of their victory.

Managerless Nuneaton, who parted company with manager Brian Reid earlier this month, drop into the relegation zone.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm delighted with the team performance, although if I am nit-picking we could have finished the game off sooner.

"They scored a goal, which was sloppy from our perspective, but we bounced back.

"I believe we've got a good set of lads that are working hard for the club.

"We're trying to do to things right. The support is crucial and I thank the fans for that."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 15Trotman
  • 3Brown
  • 6Parkes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Martin
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forO Clarkeat 85'minutes
  • 27CunningtonSubstituted forHarrisonat 70'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forWhiteat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy

Nuneaton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Charles-Cook
  • 27McSweeney
  • 24Geohaghon
  • 5DeanBooked at 66mins
  • 6Walker
  • 17SmithSubstituted forHutchinsonat 79'minutes
  • 11StreeteSubstituted forArmsonat 46'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forJohnat 56'minutes
  • 26Fowler
  • 10Brown
  • 25Curran

Substitutes

  • 7Armson
  • 8John
  • 9Hutchinson
  • 19Wren
  • 21Quinn
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
4,861

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamNuneaton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Jorrin John (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White replaces Matty Taylor.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town).

  8. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Gareth Dean (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ben Hutchinson (Nuneaton Town).

  14. Post update

    Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Jake Gosling.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Nuneaton Town. Andy Brown tries a through ball, but Andy Brown is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Ben Hutchinson replaces Ryan Smith.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Nuneaton Town 1. Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dave Martin.