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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
07:17 1st July 2015

Attendance: 5,895 (2,038)

Rovers secured a vital first three points of the season with a 0-1 win over Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

Ellis Harrison's late thunderbolt secured all three points in a very dominant performance by Darrell Clarke's side.

Darrell Clarke made three changes to his side that exited the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night. New goalkeeper Aaron Chapman comes straight into the starting 11 and Chris Lines and Matty Taylor were recalled to the starting line-up.

Rovers started the game like a house on fire and Daniel Leadbitter found himself in acres of space and was able to pick out Lee Brown in the Glovers area. Brown took the ball down and played it into the path of Chris Lines who scuffed his shot which allowed Artur Krysiak to catch easily.

Ellis Harrison was causing lots of problems for Yeovil's back line and with 17 minutes on the clock tried his luck from the edge of the area with his left foot which forced a great save from Krysiak.

The home side rarely threatened in the first half and Rovers seemingly did everything except hit the back of the net.

Tom Parkes started a Rovers counter attack with just over 20 minutes gone as his last ditch tackle on Mark Beck won the ball back allowing Rovers to break with pace. Darrell Clarke's men worked the ball around well before laying it off to Ellis Harrison who fired another thunderbolt towards Krysiak's goal but again the keeper was equal to it.

Town's only real effort of the game came on the half hour mark as Matthew Dolan's 35-yard free kick went straight into the Rovers wall, the Glovers recovered the ball to cross but Alex Lacey couldn't direct his header goalward.

Rovers continued to press for the opening goal and a powerful run through the middle of the pitch from James Clarke created space for the defender to take a shot. He struck the ball powerfully towards the goal but it was Krysiak again who denied him.

Moments later Rovers had a free kick following a foul on Ollie Clarke. Chris Lines passed the ball to the edge of the area to Ellis Harrison but the young Welshman couldn't get his shot on target under heavy pressure.

Chris Lines thought he had put his side in front on the stroke of half time as his corner appeared to curl all the way inside the far post but referee Brendan Malone said the ball hadn't crossed the line.

Yeovil came out in the second half looking a bit more positive as Matthew Dolan struck the ball on the volley which forced a good save from Rovers new keeper Aaron Chapman.

Just after the hour mark Yeovil were reduced to ten men as Matthew Dolan was given a red card following a second bookable offence. Daniel Leadbitter pulled away from Dolan down the Rovers right and Dolan left his leg in earning his second yellow of the game.

Darrell Clarke tried to freshen things up in attack with 20 minutes remaining as Jermaine Easter came on for Matty Taylor.

Moments later Rovers had a flurry of chances as James Clarke and Tom Parkes came close with efforts before Ellis Harrison tried an audacious bicycle kick which went narrowly wide.

With just over 15 minutes left on the clock a change in shape for Rovers saw both Jeffrey Monakana and Cristian Montano come into the game at the expense of Tom Lockyer and Ollie Clarke as Darrell Clarke's moved into a 4-4-2.

Seconds after the change Harrison stung the palms of Krysiak again as Jermaine Easter's cross was hit up into the air before the young Welshman let fly with his right foot but again the Glovers keeper was there to deny him yet again.

Rovers finally took the lead with just a few minutes remaining as substitute Monakana's cross was headed into the path of Ellis Harrison who thundered a left footed strike past Artur Krysiak to secure Rovers a vital first three points of the 2015/16 season.

Up next for Rovers is the trip to Luton Town on Tuesday night before entertaining fellow Conference promotion side Barnet at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

Yeovil: Krysiak, Smith (C), Dolan, Arthurworrey, Sokolik, Bird, Fogden, Lacey, Beck (Burrows - 78), Cornick (Jeffers - 64), Roberts

Unused Substitutes: Weale (GK), Compton, Allen.

Rovers: Chapman; Leadbitter, J. Clarke, Lockyer (Monakana - 75), Parkes, Brown; O. Clarke (Montano - 75), Sinclair, Lines (C); Harrison, Taylor (Easter - 67).

Unused Substitutes: Preston (GK), Malpas, Gosling, Bodin.

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