Woodards and Gillespie come through friendly fixture
Bristol Rovers 2
Forest Green Rovers 2
In a hastily arranged friendly at our training ground this afternoon, Rovers shared four goals with their Forest Green counterparts.
They were made to work hard for a share of the spoils, though, as the Skrill Premier side dominated first half proceedings and took a two goal lead into the half time break.
An improved second half performance from Rovers saw them hit back to equalise thanks to goals from Pat Keary and Mitch Harding.
Rovers created very little in the opening period and conceded two goals from set pieces, one from a corner and a second following a throw in.
Keary pulled a goal back when he headed home from an Alefe Santos corner on 57 minutes.
The visitors then made a number of changes and conceded an equaliser on 66 minutes when Mitch Harding scored from the penalty spot after one of the Forest Green defenders was penalised for handball. It was
Harding’s ninth goal for the Development/U-21 side this season.
The good news, as far as manager John Ward will be concerned, is that Danny Woodards completed 45 minutes of the game and Steven Gillespie 65 as both players work towards regaining full match fitness.
Rovers: Conor Gough, Danny Woodards (Jake Green), Pat Keary, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Ellis Harrison, Ollie Norburn, Steven Gillespie (Jamie Lucas), Alefe Santos, Jamie Lucas (Dominic Thomas), Mitch Harding.
Before you ask, it’s not a mistake – Jamie Lucas was substituted and then reintroduced in place of Steven Gillespie