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Bristol Rovers 2-0 Southport

Ellis Harrison
Harrison made his debut for Wales Under-21s in 2013

Bristol Rovers are one point off Conference leaders Barnet with two games left after seeing off Southport.

Ellis Harrison opened the scoring in the 11th minute when he controlled Andy Monkhouse's flick to fire home as the Pirates bid to return to League Two.

Monkhouse also set up their second goal when he crossed from the left and Matt Taylor headed home.

The Sandgrounders are not safe yet, sitting six points above the relegation zone with three games left.

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

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Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on Southport win

"Southport were obviously a little bit depleted on the day and we took advantage of that it was a comfortable performance.

"But it's always a tough ask, a third game in eight days. We could have been a little bit better at times.

"But the three points are the main thing; we move on and now it looks like a two-horse race.

"Grimsby have a good manager and they'll be having a right go to win the last two games, it looks like a two-horse race that's for sure."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 7Mansell
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 5McChrystal
  • 28DawsonSubstituted forBalantaat 88'minutes
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10Taylor
  • 17HarrisonBooked at 27minsSubstituted forBlissettat 82'minutesBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 16Easter
  • 27Blissett
  • 29Balanta

Southport

  • 1Thompson
  • 16Rutherford
  • 8GeorgeBooked at 73mins
  • 11Davies
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 4KaySubstituted forCollinsat 77'minutes
  • 7Evans
  • 14Joyce
  • 17Almond
  • 26Hewitt
  • 27McCarthySubstituted forSymesat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Collins
  • 15Connor
  • 21Symes
  • 23Donnelly
  • 25Usai
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
8,251

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamSouthport
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home15
Away15
Fouls
Home16
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southport 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Southport 0.

Corner, Southport.

Hand ball by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Southport.

Attempt missed. Charlie Joyce (Southport) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Angelo Balanta replaces Adam Dawson.

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

Dom Collins (Southport) wins a free kick.

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

Booking

Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Blissett (Bristol Rovers).

Steven Hewitt (Southport) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Nathan Blissett replaces Ellis Harrison.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Louis Almond (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Steven Hewitt (Southport) wins a free kick.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Dom Collins replaces Scott Kay.

Substitution

Substitution, Southport. Michael Symes replaces Connor McCarthy.

Corner, Southport.

Booking

Luke George (Southport) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke George (Southport).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

Steven Hewitt (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Paul Rutherford (Southport) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Corner, Southport.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

Louis Almond (Southport) wins a free kick.

Foul by Charlie Joyce (Southport).

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Micah Evans (Southport) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Brown.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

Attempt saved. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Chris Lines with a cross.

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