October 20, 2012
Rovers claim West country spoils
Tom Eaves struck twice as Bristol Rovers continued their recent improvement with a 3-2 win over 10-man Torquay at the Memorial Stadium.
The striker capitalised on poor defending to lift the ball over advancing `keeper Michael Poke after 15 minutes, and Matt Lund's free-kick doubled the advantage just two minutes later before the visitors had full-back Joe Oastler dismissed for a second booking on the half hour.
Back roared Torquay, though, and Rene Howe pulled one back with a curling effort after the break before Aaron Downes' header levelled matters shortly after. But Eaves netted the winner from substitute Wayne Brown's 76th-minute pass.
A cracking West country derby saw Rovers dominate the first half before their opponents emerged to give a much better account of themselves after the interval.
Both sides had chances in a feast of attacking football, but the home side ran out worthy winners and have now been beaten only once in seven games after a poor start to the season.
|Bristol Rovers||Torquay United|
|38 Neil Etheridge||1 Michael Poke|
|3 James Paterson||3 Kevin Nicholson|
|5 Garry Kenneth||4 Aaron Downes|
|26 Matthew Lund||5 Brian Saah|
|6 Tom Parkes||2 Joe Oastler|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||7 Lee Mansell|
|15 Oliver Norburn||18 Craig Easton|
|7 David Clarkson||6 Damon Lathrope|
|10 Elliot Richards||20 Nathan Craig|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||15 Billy Bodin|
|32 Tom Eaves||9 Rene Howe|
|28 Sam Walker||Martin Rice 13|
|19 Adam Virgo||Tom Cruise 21|
|14 Lee Brown||Daniel Leadbitter 12|
|21 Wayne Brown||Danny Stevens 19|
|24 Ollie Clarke||Niall Thompson 29|
|25 Seanan Clucas||Ryan Jarvis 8|
|27 Tom Lockyer||Ashley Yeoman 23|
|Lee Brown for Fabian Broghammer (29)||Daniel Leadbitter for Damon Lathrope (46)|
|Wayne Brown for Joe Anyinsah (62)||Ryan Jarvis for Billy Bodin (70)|
|Tom Cruise for Nathan Craig (80)|
|Michael Poke (4)|
|Joe Oastler (21)|
|Joe Oastler (30)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Torquay United|