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Bristol RoversBristol Rovers7AlfretonAlfreton Town0

Bristol Rovers 7-0 Alfreton Town

Darrell Clarke
Darrell Clarke's Bristol Rovers could still seal an immediate return to the Football League via the play-offs

Bristol Rovers condemned Alfreton to relegation but their win was not enough to secure the Conference title.

Darrell Clarke's side, who dropped down from League Two last season, began the final day a point behind leaders Barnet and needed the Bees to slip up.

But Barnet were 2-0 winners against Gateshead, meaning Rovers must go through the play-offs if they are to return to the Football League.

Matty Taylor scored two of Rovers' seven goals in a convincing home win.

Jake Gosling, Ellis Harrison, Lee Mansell, Andy Monkhouse and Tom Parkes also found the net for the Pirates, who will meet Forest Green in the play-off semi-finals.

Gosling's curling shot from 25 yards was the pick of their goals, while Harrison scrambled in to double the lead.

Taylor found the net either side of half-time, the second a header from Monkhouse's cross, to make the game safe.

And Rovers enjoyed a late flourish in front of a crowd in excess of 11,000, with Mansell heading in a fifth before Monkhouse and Parkes completed the rout in the dying minutes.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Puddy
  • 4LockyerSubstituted forLeadbitterat 71'minutes
  • 5McChrystal
  • 14LinesSubstituted forO Clarkeat 71'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 6Parkes
  • 11Gosling
  • 7Mansell
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 10Taylor
  • 17HarrisonSubstituted forBalantaat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 8O Clarke
  • 27Blissett
  • 29Balanta

Alfreton

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Flynn
  • 11Howell
  • 2Wood
  • 5Graham
  • 3Rowe-Turner
  • 29Phillips
  • 27JohnstonSubstituted forMcDonaldat 60'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 10Bradley
  • 26Heaton
  • 7SpeightSubstituted forIronsideat 52'minutes
  • 12Shaw

Substitutes

  • 4Courtney
  • 17McDonald
  • 18Ironside
  • 21Thanoj
  • 23Hawley
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
11,085

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away3
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home16
Away16
Fouls
Home4
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 7, Alfreton Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 7, Alfreton Town 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 7, Alfreton Town 0. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Jake Gosling.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 6, Alfreton Town 0. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Daniel Leadbitter with a cross.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 5, Alfreton Town 0. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Angelo Balanta (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Mansell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town).

  14. Post update

    Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Daniel Leadbitter replaces Tom Lockyer.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Chris Lines.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Lathanial Rowe-Turner (Alfreton Town).

  18. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joe Ironside (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Booking

    Massiah McDonald (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.