October 6, 2012
Pirates finally get home comforts
Second-half goals from Tom Eaves, Garry Kenneth and Ollie Norburn saw Bristol Rovers end their home hoodoo with a 3-1 success against 10-man Northampton.
Town had centre-back Anthony Charles sent off for bringing down Derek Riordan to prevent a scoring opportunity after 24 minutes, but survived until eight minutes after the break when Eaves side-footed Rovers in front from Eliot Richards' cross.
Richards then provided the corner for Kenneth to score the second at the far post after 57 minutes.
Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home a long throw from Ben Tozer to reduce Northampton's arrears after 75 minutes before Norburn wrapped up the points with six minutes remaining by nodding in substitute Lee Brown's cross.
Rovers were denied by the woodwork twice in the first half. Town goalkeeper Lee Nicholls did well to tip a fifth-minute volley from Eaves onto a post.
And after Charles' dismissal, Riordan curled the resulting free-kick over the wall and saw his effort clip the top of the crossbar.
|Bristol Rovers||Northampton Town|
|38 Neil Etheridge||21 Lee Nicholls|
|5 Garry Kenneth||6 Anthony Charles|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||5 Kelvin Langmead|
|6 Tom Parkes||12 Ben Tozer|
|3 James Paterson||3 Joe Widdowson|
|26 Matthew Lund||23 Danny East|
|15 Oliver Norburn||11 Chris Hackett|
|7 David Clarkson||27 Kemar Roofe|
|27 Derek Riordan||10 Adebayo Akinfenwa|
|10 Elliot Richards||14 Alex Nicholls|
|32 Tom Eaves||19 Louis Moult|
|28 Sam Walker||Shane Higgs 1|
|19 Adam Virgo||David Artell 18|
|14 Lee Brown||Ishmel Demontagnac 7|
|2 Michael Smith||Clive Platt 9|
|21 Wayne Brown||Lewis Wilson 16|
|25 Seanan Clucas||Henoc Mukendi 15|
|16 Joe Anyinsah|
|Wayne Brown for David Clarkson (46)||Lewis Wilson for Danny East (51)|
|Michael Smith for Derek Riordan (54)||David Artell for Louis Moult (65)|
|Lee Brown for Fabian Broghammer (64)||Henoc Mukendi for Kemar Roofe (83)|
|Tom Eaves (29)||Chris Hackett (36)|
|Matthew Lund (63)||Joe Widdowson (66)|
|Tom Parkes (79)||Alex Nicholls (90)|
|Anthony Charles (24)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Northampton Town|