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Dartford 2-2 Bristol Rovers

Ryan Hayes scored twice for strugglers Dartford to earn them a point against promotion-chasing Bristol Rovers.

Matty Taylor produced a cool finish to open the scoring for the visitors - his fifth goal in six games.

But Dartford, who had lost their last five in the Conference, levelled four minutes later when Hayes converted a corner from close range.

Substitute Ellis Harrison restored Rovers' lead with a tap in, but Hayes fired in a free-kick to make it 2-2.

Rovers moved up to second but failed to gain much ground on leaders Barnet, whose game against FC Halifax was postponed.

Dartford remain in the bottom four, seven points from safety.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It's not good enough and so frustrating. It's another two points chucked down the drain.

"I said before the game 'don't give silly set plays away'. They scored from two set plays.

"I'm absolutely raging inside. It's costing us dear.

"I think we've got the best side in the league but I want to build a winning mentality and we haven't got that."

Line-ups

Dartford

  • 1Brown
  • 20BurnsBooked at 67mins
  • 4McAuley
  • 15Collier
  • 3Richards
  • 7Hayes
  • 5Bradbrook
  • 8NobleBooked at 30mins
  • 12GreenBooked at 42mins
  • 17CrawfordSubstituted forPughat 82'minutes
  • 22DoidgeBooked at 23minsSubstituted forHarrisat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cornhill
  • 10Pugh
  • 11Harris
  • 16Sweeney
  • 21Ibrahim

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2LeadbitterSubstituted forDawsonat 76'minutes
  • 5McChrystalBooked at 23mins
  • 6Parkes
  • 3Brown
  • 7MansellBooked at 70mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10Taylor
  • 16EasterSubstituted forBalantaat 8'minutes
  • 27BlissettSubstituted forHarrisonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Trotman
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy
  • 28Dawson
  • 29Balanta
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
1,832

Match Stats

Home TeamDartfordAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Dartford 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Dartford 2, Bristol Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Danny Harris (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Dartford.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers).

  8. Post update

    Lee Noble (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee Noble (Dartford).

  10. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

  12. Post update

    Lee Burns (Dartford) wins a free kick.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Dartford. Andy Pugh replaces Harry Crawford.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Dartford 2, Bristol Rovers 2. Ryan Hayes (Dartford) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Dartford 1, Bristol Rovers 2. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) with an attempt from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Adam Dawson replaces Daniel Leadbitter.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Dartford. Danny Harris replaces Christian Doidge.