November 24, 2012
Rovers and Bantams share thrilling draw
Guy Branston scored with his first touch as a Bristol Rovers player in a 3-3 draw with Bradford at the Memorial Stadium, which saw both teams finish with 10 men.
The veteran defender, who joined on loan from Aldershot this week, headed home a second-minute corner from Jim Paterson, only for Nahki Wells to convert an equaliser from a narrow angle after being put through by Will Atkinson midway through the first half.
Tom Eaves restored Rovers' lead after 33 minutes with a low drive from the edge of the box, but centre-back Carl McHugh levelled for the visitors again 10 minutes after the interval with a powerful header from a Gary Jones corner.
Michael Smith volleyed Rovers back in front for the third time, yet still Bradford refused to Buckle as James Hanson headed home a 68th minute equaliser.
The game erupted in injury time when an ugly touchline exchange ended with Bradford's Nathan Doyle sent off, while Rovers midfielder Wayne Brown was also dismissed for a second yellow.
|Bristol Rovers||Bradford City|
|28 Sam Walker||12 Matt Duke|
|34 Guy Branston||23 Rory McArdle|
|5 Garry Kenneth||3 James Meredith|
|4 Dan Woodards||2 Stephen Darby|
|2 Michael Smith||16 Carl McHugh|
|3 James Paterson||18 Gary Jones|
|21 Wayne Brown||11 Garry Thompson|
|25 Seanan Clucas||24 Nathan Doyle|
|27 Derek Riordan||14 Will Atkinson|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||9 James Hanson|
|32 Tom Eaves||21 Nahki Wells|
|20 Connor Gough||Jon McLaughlan 1|
|14 Lee Brown||Tom Naylor 25|
|30 Tom Lockyer||Richard Ravenhill 4|
|8 Matthew Gill||Ritchie Jones 8|
|15 Oliver Norburn||Craig Forsyth 15|
|33 Alfie Santos||Blair Turgott 26|
|18 Mitch Harding||Alan Connell 17|
|Ritchie Jones for Garry Thompson (77)|
|Alan Connell for Nahki Wells (82)|
|Wayne Brown (53)||Carl McHugh (79)|
|Joe Anyinsah (84)|
|Seanan Clucas (88)|
|Wayne Brown (90)||Nathan Doyle (90)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Bradford City|