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23 April 2013

Rovers 2-1 Swindon

Bristol Rovers 2
Swindon Town 1

Rovers and Swindon played put a competitive friendly match at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon.

Both sides used it as an opportunity to give a number of triallists a game, though Rovers did include Conor Gough, Mitch Harding, Ross Staley, Laurent Mondo and Pat Keary in their starting lineup, and Tom Lockyer appeared as a second half substitute.

The first half was a goalless affair, with the best chance falling to Mondo who saw his low drive touched round the post by the visiting keeper.

After the break Swindon’s keeper made a save from a weak effort by one of the Rovers triallists and then Gough was called into action twice in quick succession.

He touched one shot round the post and another effort over the bar before saving a 54th minute penalty, awarded following a foul by Mondo.

The keeper was beaten shortly afterwards, though, when a cross from the left appeared to deceive everyone and went into the far corner.

Rovers equalised just past the hour mark when the industrious Mitch Harding found the top corner of the net with a fierce cross shot from out on the right.

Shortly afterwards one of the home triallists hit the upright with a close range header.

Harding was on the mark again with 17 minutes of the game remaining, when he headed past the Swindon keeper from close range, following a cross from the right.

Jordan Goddard, Alefe Santos and Shaquille Hunter made late substitute appearances for Rovers, but there were no further goals.

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