Aldershot 2-2 RoversAttendance: 3,466 (1,255)
Bristol Rovers extended their unbeaten run to nine games following a four-goal thriller at the Electrical Services Stadium.
Brett Williams put the hosts ahead from the penalty spot before Andy Monkhouse leveled just before half time. Rovers took the lead again from the spot as Matty Taylor fired home before an incredible free kick from Jason Roberts made the game level.
Darrell Clarke made one change ahead of the clash at the Electrical Services Stadium with Andy Monkhouse coming into the starting 11 and Daniel Leadbitter took the vacant spot among the substitutes.
Fans favorite Stuart Sinclair misses the game all together having picked up a knock in the latter stages of Tuesday’s win over Dartford. The clubs medical team has constantly been assessing the midfielder’s condition and has said he didn’t recover sufficiently to feature.
Aldershot started the brighter of the two sides creating a great chance for Josh Scott but the Shots front man lashed his shot well over Mildenhall’s crossbar.
With 15 minutes on the clock the home side were awarded a penalty with Tom Parkes being judged to have handled the ball in the penalty area giving referee Robert Whitton no choice but to point to the spot.
Brett Williams stepped up to take the penalty and powered it into the left hand side of the goal past Steve Mildenhall. The Rovers keeper guessed the right way but the power from Williams was too much to deal with.
A majority of the first half was played in the middle of the pitch with a very stop start feel to it with both sides being given multiple free kicks.
Rovers created very little in the opening period with Matty Taylor working hard again to create and directed a shot straight at Phil Smith in the Shots goal.
The home side looked a continuous threat with Jordan Roberts and Tom Derry down the wings but it was Rovers who drew the game level just before half time.
A long ball through the middle of the pitch was controlled well from Matty Taylor towards Adam Cunnington. Cunnington flicked the ball towards the right hand side of the box and Andy Monkhouse.
Monkhouse’s goalwards shot took a heavy deflection from Aldershot skipper Glenn Wilson and over Phil Smith to make the game all square.
Goal scorer Brett Williams was a constant threat for the home side and was played in by Josh Scott. Williams turned well but fired his snapshot wide of Mildenhall’s goal.
Moments later Adam Cunnington hit the crossbar for Rovers from a Dave Martin free kick. Cunnington ghosted in at the far post but his directed header hit the crossbar before the referee blew for a Shots free kick.
There was a five minute break in play just after the hour mark as Tom Lockyer received treatment following a late tackle from Jason Roberts but managed to shake it off and was able to continue.
Rovers were awarded a penalty with just over 20 minutes of the game remaining as Shots skipper Glenn Wilson handled the ball in the area.
Matty Taylor stepped up to take the penalty and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to score his second penalty in as many games.
The visitors could and probably should have extended their lead following a superb passing move from Rovers. Players were queuing up to take a shot on target but it was Dave Martin who fired right of the goal.
Rovers were guilty of giving away a cheap free kick on the edge of their area with just over 10 minutes to go.
The lively Jason Roberts stepped up to take the free kick and curled an inch perfect effort into the top left hand corner of Mildenhall’s goal.
Aldershot had three great chances to snatch all three points as Brett Williams forced a great save from Steve Mildenhall before Jordan Roberts headed against the crossbar.
The shots were reduced to 10 men at the beginning of injury time as Jordan Roberts was sent off for his second bookable offence.
Rovers were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Shots area and Lee Brown forced a fantastic save from Phil Smith to keep the game all-square going into full time.
Up next for Rovers is the visit of Forest Green Rovers to the Memorial Stadium next Saturday (18th October) and just a reminder that the FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw takes place on Monday.
Aldershot: Smith, Oastler, Wilson (C), Hatton (Lathrope – 45), Williams, Scott (N’Guessan – 90), Gibbs, Roberts, Forbes, Derry, Phillips.
Unused Substitutes: Barker, Molesley, Thomas.
Rovers: Mildenhall, Lockyer, Trotman, Parkes (McChrystal – 89), Brown, Monkhouse (Leadbitter – 67), Clarke, Mansell (C), Martin, Cunnington (Harrison – 75), Taylor.
Unused Substitutes: Puddy, White.