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Eastleigh 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Ollie Clarke
Ollie Clarke's second goal of the season earned Bristol Rovers a point at Eastleigh

Bristol Rovers had two men sent off as their five-match winning run came to an end with a 1-1 draw at Eastleigh.

Rovers played for an hour with 10 men after goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall, who had earlier saved brilliantly from Ben Strevens, saw red for bringing down Craig McAllister outside the box.

Within two minutes, Jamie Collins beat sub Will Puddy with a near-post header.

Ollie Clarke's dipping shot from 35 yards earned the visitors a point before he saw red in stoppage time.

The midfielder, who pounced on a poor clearance from goalkeeper Ross Flitney to find the net from long range, received two yellow cards in quick succession as his team looked to secure a draw.

Rovers captain Lee Mansell saw a free-kick and a header kept out by Eastleigh's Flitney before Mildenhall's red card, which came when McAllister raced clear after defender Tom Parkes had given the ball away.

Eastleigh have lost just one of their last seven matches and remain four points behind Darrell Clarke's side, who drop out of the play-off places.

Steve Mildenhall
Goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall was an ever-present for Bristol Rovers in League Two last season

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"To come here with 11 men is difficult enough, but to play like that for 60 minutes with 10 is testament to my players.

"It was a great strike from Ollie Clarke and unfortunately he gets sent off late on, which is disappointing.

"But it now gives one or two of the other lads an opportunity for Saturday.

"We've got goals throughout the team now and everyone is chipping in."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Flitney
  • 16Evans
  • 17ReidBooked at 81mins
  • 5Beckwith
  • 3Green
  • 8Stanley
  • 14StrevensBooked at 36mins
  • 4Collins
  • 11McAllister
  • 12MidsonSubstituted forFleetwoodat 71'minutes
  • 10Reason

Substitutes

  • 2Spence
  • 6Todd
  • 13Fleetwood
  • 22Lee
  • 24Helm

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1MildenhallBooked at 29mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 15Trotman
  • 6ParkesBooked at 55mins
  • 3Brown
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forPuddyat 30'minutes
  • 7Mansell
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 24SinclairBooked at 49mins
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forCunningtonat 46'minutes
  • 17HarrisonSubstituted forMartinat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 14White
  • 16Martin
  • 25Puddy
  • 27Cunnington
Referee:
Colin Lymer
Attendance:
2,621

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away3
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eastleigh 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Fleetwood (Eastleigh).

  7. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  8. Booking

    Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Michael Green (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens tries a through ball, but Ben Strevens is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

  13. Post update

    Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Green.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dave Martin replaces Ellis Harrison.

  18. Booking

    Paul Reid (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Eastleigh.

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