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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Morecambe

The new Bristol Rovers owners watched their first game since taking over
The new Bristol Rovers owners watched their first game since taking over on Friday

Bristol Rovers celebrated their first match under their new Jordanian owners with a victory over Morecambe that takes them up to fifth in League Two.

The Al-Qadi family saw their side go behind to Jamie Devitt's penalty when Tom Parkes was penalised for handball.

But Rory Gaffney equalised with a 12-yard volley after away goalkeeper Barry Roche's unconvincing attempts to deal with a Danny Leadbitter cross.

And substitute Billy Bodin's close-range header earned victory late on.

Rovers go sixth, five points adrift of the top three, while Morecambe are in 17th place, 11 points clear of the relegation zone.

Billy Bodin (left) and Matty Taylor
Billy Bodin's winner was his sixth goal of the season and his third in his last seven games

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 32'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6Parkes
  • 3BrownBooked at 58mins
  • 14LinesSubstituted forO Clarkeat 90'minutes
  • 16Lawrence
  • 24Sinclair
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 78'minutes
  • 30Gaffney

Substitutes

  • 5McChrystal
  • 8O Clarke
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 23Bodin
  • 25Puddy
  • 33Fallon

Morecambe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Roche
  • 2Beeley
  • 5DugdaleSubstituted forKenyonat 35'minutes
  • 6Edwards
  • 22Parrish
  • 7DevittSubstituted forWildigat 75'minutes
  • 13Goodall
  • 17FlemingBooked at 80mins
  • 11Ellison
  • 9Barkhuizen
  • 12MullinSubstituted forWilsonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kenyon
  • 14Bondswell
  • 15Wildig
  • 19Wilson
  • 25Hedley
  • 30O'Hara
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
7,400

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamMorecambe
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away4
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Morecambe 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Morecambe 1.

  3. Post update

    Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Morecambe) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Rory Gaffney.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Chris Lines.

  8. Post update

    Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

  11. Post update

    Alex Kenyon (Morecambe) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

  13. Dismissal

    Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

  14. Post update

    Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Morecambe 1. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron Wildig replaces Jamie Devitt.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

  20. Post update

    Andrew Fleming (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton31224557312670
2Plymouth31186747272060
3Oxford Utd311510649301955
4Accrington29157750341652
5Mansfield33149104639751
6Bristol Rovers31155114233950
7Portsmouth301213549272249
8Wycombe31147103630649
9Leyton Orient32131094745249
10Wimbledon30139848371148
11Cambridge32138114744347
12Carlisle29121074742546
13Luton32118134546-141
14Exeter31118124044-441
15Notts County30116134451-739
16Crawley32115163753-1638
17Morecambe32106165359-636
18Barnet30106143946-736
19Stevenage33810154255-1334
20Newport30710133444-1031
21Hartlepool2983182949-2027
22York3168173456-2226
23Yeovil31510163247-1525
24Dag & Red3148193257-2520
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