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16 April 2016

Bristol Rovers 2-1 Yeovil Town

Attendance: 10, 264 (926)

Rovers secured a valuable three points with a 2-1 win against Yeovil Town at the Memorial Stadium.

Matty Taylor's 27th goal of the season rescued the points for Rovers after Leroy Lita canceled out Rory Gaffney's opener.

Darrell Clarke made one change to the side that drew with promoted Northampton Town as Cristian Montano came back into the side at the expense of Liam Lawrence who dropped to the substitutes bench.

Rovers started brightly hardly allowing the Glovers a touch of the ball with their first real opportunity coming from a lovely bit of control from Rory Gaffney. The Irishman took the ball superbly out of the air turning Jakub Sokolik inside out in the process before letting fly with his right foot but Athur Krysiak was equal to it and gathered on his second attempt.

The Football League's top goalscorer came so close to giving Rovers a lead with 12 minutes on the clock as Billy Bodin's long range effort was parried by Krysiak into the path of Taylor who clipped the outside of the post with his shot.

At the other end of the field Yeovil rarely threatened with their only chance of the opening 30 minutes coming when Francois Zoko played in Jack Compton but the Town man fired well over Steve Mildenhall's crossbar.

Darrell Clarke's side continued to press and would have taken the lead had it not been for some remarkable goalkeeping from Arthur Krysiak. Mark McChrystal jumped highest to get his head on a Chris Lines corner only to see his goalbound effort kept out by a fantastic reaction save.

Rovers looked the much more dangerous going forward and were rewarded for their efforts just before half time.

Billy Boidn's quick feet was causing the Town back line some trouble and were continuously giving away free kicks and were made to pay by Rory Gaffney. After being fouled yet again, Bodin picked himself and delivered an inch perfect ball onto the head of Gaffney who directed the ball past Krysiak to give Rovers the lead.

The boys in blue and white looked comfortable with their one goal lead which prompted Glovers boss Darren Way into two changes bringing on Ryan Bird and ex Bristol City forward Leroy Lita.

Darrell Clarke's men continued to dominate possession but rarely threatened Artur Krysiak's goal as Cristian Montano, Billy Bodin and Ollie Clarke all fired shots wide of the goal.

Rovers were made to pay for being wasteful in possession as substitute Leroy Lita pulled the Glovers level with just under 20 minutes to go.

Chris Lines gave the ball away on the half way line to Ryan Dickson who managed to pick out Lita who calmly slide the ball past Steve Mildenhall.

However, Yeovil weren't level for long as that man Matty Taylor was on hand to fire Rovers back into the lead.

Substitute Jermaine Easter drilled a low ball into the penalty area and found Rory Gaffney at the far post, the Irishman squared the ball into the path of Matty Taylor who made no mistake lashing home his 27th goal of the season.

Yeovil did press to attempt to equalise but were denied by a fantastic save from Steve Mildenhall. Ryan Dickson's free kick fell in the penalty area to Matthew Dolan who looked destined to score but Mildenhall came out quick with a fine reaction save to keep Rovers in the lead.

Rovers supporters were forced to hold their breath with almost the last kick of the day as Ryan Bird smashed an effort off the crossbar before the referee blew the full time whistle.
Up next for Rovers is the trip to Stevenage on Tuesday night before entertaining Exeter City at the Memorial Stadium next weekend.

Rovers: Mildenhall; Leadbitter, Lockyer, McChrystal (C), Brown; Bodin, Clarke, Lines, Montano (Easter - 76); Taylor (Harrison - 80), Gaffney (McBurnie - 88).

Unused Substitutes: Puddy (GK), Parkes, Mansell, Lawrence.

Yeovil: Krysiak, Dickson (C), Sokolik, Smith, Roberts, Walsh, Dolan, Shephard, Compton (Bird - 56), Goodship (Lita - 56), Zoko.

Unused Substitutes: Weale (GK), Tozer, Laird, Campbell, Lacey.

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