League Two
Bristol Rovers2Morecambe1

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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Morecambe 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Morecambe 1.

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

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).

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

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Rory Gaffney.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces Chris Lines.

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

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Morecambe).

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Dismissal

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

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

Foul by Andrew Fleming (Morecambe).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Aaron Wildig replaces Jamie Devitt.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Liam Lawrence (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Morecambe 1. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Corner, Morecambe. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Substitution

Substitution, Morecambe. Laurence Wilson replaces Paul Mullin.

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

Paul Mullin (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alan Goodall.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Mullin (Morecambe).

Booking

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Jamie Devitt (Morecambe) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

Attempt saved. Paul Mullin (Morecambe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kevin Ellison (Morecambe) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Alex Kenyon.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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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