National League
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers3GatesheadGateshead2
Stuart Sinclair
Stuart Sinclair joined Rovers from Salisbury in June

Bristol Rovers twice fought back from a goal down to beat Gateshead in a five-goal thriller at the Memorial Stadium.

Stuart Sinclair smashed in the winner after visiting keeper Adam Bartlett ran out of the area and lost the ball.

Matty Pattison bundled The Heed ahead before Ollie Clarke equalised with a stunning low 30-yard strike.

Alex Rodman slotted in as Gateshead regained the lead, only for Lee Mansell to level again with a free-kick before Sinclair's goal won it.

Victory preserved the Pirates' fine home record in the league this season, having lost just once, while Gary Mills's Tynesiders remain three points outside the play-off places.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Speiss
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5McChrystalSubstituted forTrotmanat 66'minutes
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 24Sinclair
  • 7MansellBooked at 75mins
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 29BalantaSubstituted forO Clarkeat 29'minutes
  • 10Taylor
  • 31WallSubstituted forHarrisonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8O Clarke
  • 11Gosling
  • 14Goldberg
  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 16Baxter
  • 5Curtis
  • 6Clark
  • 18O'Donnell
  • 4ChandlerSubstituted forRankineat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 7Oster
  • 8Turnbull
  • 25Pattison
  • 12RamshawSubstituted forWrightat 73'minutes
  • 23Rodman

Substitutes

  • 10Guy
  • 15Allan
  • 19Rankine
  • 26Gjokaj
  • 29Wright
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
5,367

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Gateshead 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 3, Gateshead 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Pattison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

    James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Daniel Wright (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Bristol Rovers. Matty Taylor tries a through ball, but Matty Taylor is caught offside.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead).

  12. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  14. Post update

    Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from long range on the left from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alex Rodman (Gateshead).

  16. Post update

    Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Alex Wall.

  18. Booking

    Michael Rankine (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

  20. Post update

    Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.