National League
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers2WellingWelling United0
Nathan Blissett
Nathan Blissett joined Bristol Rovers from Kidderminster last week

Nathan Blissett scored his second in three games for Bristol Rovers as the promotion-chasing Pirates beat Welling.

The home side took the lead in the second half through new loan signing Blissett, who dinked the ball over Welling goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men on the hour mark when Jake Gallagher was shown red for a foul on Lee Mansell.

Matty Taylor then secured the points for Rovers from the penalty spot after he was hacked down by Zac Fagan.

The Pirates are now six matches unbeaten in the Conference.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a tough old game to be fair, Welling were disciplined and got nine men behind the ball at the majority of the time which was a little bit frustrating first half.

"I said to the players it's just about being patient at times. We changed things around at half time just because I thought it was the right thing to do.

"We went to a 3-4-1-2 just to try and get us a bit more impetus in the game and once we got the goal we went back to a 4-4-2 and that's the beauty of it, the flexibility of the squad.

"We work on the systems and they can comfortably adapt to it. I thought it was important before the game to freshen things up a little bit."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystalBooked at 90mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7Mansell
  • 11GoslingSubstituted forBalantaat 46'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forDella Verdeat 74'minutes
  • 31WallSubstituted forBlissettat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 27Blissett
  • 29Balanta
  • 30Della Verde

Welling

  • 22Büchel
  • 3FyfieldBooked at 85mins
  • 19Chambers
  • 23Williams
  • 9PennySubstituted forHudsonat 81'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 5Fagan
  • 4GallagherBooked at 62mins
  • 20Corne
  • 27DayBooked at 64mins
  • 33HealyBooked at 52minsSubstituted forJeffordat 86'minutes
  • 15BasseleSubstituted forSt Aimieat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Henly
  • 10St Aimie
  • 14Jefford
  • 24Hudson
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Steven Rushton
Attendance:
5,791

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamWelling
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Welling United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Welling United 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Della Verde (Bristol Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Sam Corne (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  5. Booking

    Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

  7. Post update

    Kieron St Aimie (Welling United) wins a free kick.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ben Jefford (Welling United).

  9. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  10. Booking

    Malachi Hudson (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Malachi Hudson (Welling United).

  12. Post update

    Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Welling United. Ben Jefford replaces Joe Healy.

  14. Booking

    Jamal Fyfield (Welling United) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Fyfield (Welling United).

  16. Post update

    Lyle Della Verde (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Chambers (Welling United).

  20. Post update

    Lyle Della Verde (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

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