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Eastleigh1Bristol Rovers1

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:

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Clarke on Eastleigh v Bristol Rovers

"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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Eastleigh 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

Dismissal

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Foul by Stuart Fleetwood (Eastleigh).

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Booking

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Michael Green (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

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

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

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

Corner, Eastleigh.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dave Martin replaces Ellis Harrison.

Booking

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

Corner, Eastleigh.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Stuart Fleetwood replaces Jack Midson.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Jamie Collins (Eastleigh) header from the left side of the box is saved.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Craig McAllister (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt saved. Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Jai Reason.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Foul by Craig McAllister (Eastleigh).

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Michael Green (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Adam Cunnington tries a through ball, but Adam Cunnington is caught offside.

Foul by Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh).

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Booking

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Jai Reason (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

Booking

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

goal

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