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Bristol Rovers 5-0 Northampton Town

Ellis Harrison
Ellis Harrison doubled his seasonal goal tally for Bristol Rovers to eight

Ellis Harrison struck a hat-trick inside seven first-half minutes and ended with four goals as Bristol Rovers thrashed Northampton 5-0 at The Memorial Stadium.

Harrison's first three strikes came between the 17th and 24th minutes as Rovers brushed aside the visitors, who showed little appetite for the fight.

Rovers had taken the lead after seven minutes with a well-struck right-foot shot from the edge of the penalty area by Billy Bodin, which gave visiting keeper Adam Smith no chance.

Harrison headed his first from James Clarke's right-wing cross but needed the intervention of referee Gavin Ward, who overruled his assistant who had flagged for a non-existent offside.

It was 3-0 to Rovers after 21 minutes as Chris Lines' corner was headed back across goal by Mark McChrystal and Harrison bundled the ball across the line from close range.

Harrison completed his treble three minutes later when Lee Brown crossed from the left and the striker backheeled the ball into the net.

The points were sealed when Harrison shot his fourth in the 54th minute.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 25Puddy
  • 3Brown
  • 5McChrystalBooked at 45mins
  • 4Lockyer
  • 15J Clarke
  • 21MontañoSubstituted forMooreat 60'minutes
  • 14Lines
  • 8O Clarke
  • 23BodinSubstituted forLawrenceat 80'minutes
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forEasterat 71'minutes
  • 9Harrison

Substitutes

  • 7Mansell
  • 16Lawrence
  • 17Easter
  • 22Moore
  • 24Sinclair
  • 30Gaffney
  • 33Roos

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 3Buchanan
  • 28McDonald
  • 5Diamond
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forHooperat 45'minutes
  • 8Boateng
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forO'Tooleat 28'minutes
  • 31Taylor
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forRichardsat 28'minutes
  • 10Revell
  • 14HoskinsBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 9Richards
  • 12McCourt
  • 15Potter
  • 20Hanley
  • 21O'Toole
  • 26Cornell
  • 30Hooper
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
8,424

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamNorthampton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 5, Northampton Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 5, Northampton Town 0.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Jermaine Easter.

Attempt blocked. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

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

Attempt missed. Marc Richards (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Foul by Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers).

Zander Diamond (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Liam Lawrence replaces Billy Bodin.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Jermaine Easter replaces Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. JJ Hooper (Northampton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Byron Moore replaces Cristian Montaño.

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

Hiram Boateng (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 5, Northampton Town 0. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Billy Bodin.

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Richards (Northampton Town).

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

John-Joe O'Toole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 4, Northampton Town 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd26175450262456
2Scunthorpe26157451252652
3Bolton25155534171750
4Bradford261112333211245
5Rochdale25143840301045
6Fleetwood2511773628840
7Southend2610973733439
8Bristol Rovers2611694544139
9Peterborough24108638261238
10Millwall2511594139238
11Charlton2581163326735
12Oxford Utd259792928134
13Wimbledon258983632433
14Walsall2571082633-731
15Port Vale2587102737-1031
16Northampton2686123541-630
17Gillingham2586113240-830
18MK Dons2577112934-528
19Swindon2668122539-1426
20Shrewsbury2657142540-1522
21Bury2664163652-1622
22Chesterfield2664162745-1822
23Coventry2549122337-1421
24Oldham24310111227-1519
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