December 26, 2012
Richards to the rescue for Ward
Substitute Eliot Richards' late scuffed shot earned John Ward a point on his managerial return as Bristol Rovers snatched a 2-2 draw at Aldershot.
The Pirates looked to be heading for defeat after a Craig Reid penalty put Aldershot in front with 14 minutes to go but Richards, who had only come on five minutes earlier, salvaged a point.
Michael Hector gave the Shots a half-time lead with an exquisite first-half strike but a 54th-minute penalty from David Clarkson drew the Pirates level.
Hector slotted the ball into top corner after a lay-off from Danny Hylton's gifted him a yard of space on the edge of the area.
Six minutes into the second half Aaron Morris brought down Tom Eaves in the area in Bristol's first meaningful attack of the game, Clarkson duly held his nerve, despite the torrential rain, to fire home.
Reid restored the lead with coolly-taken penalty of his own but a scuffed effort from Richards in the 87th minute slowly trickled into the net after scrappy Aldershot defending to give Ward some comfort in his first game back.
|Aldershot Town||Bristol Rovers|
|21 Jamie Young||28 Sam Walker|
|3 Anthony Tonkin||5 Garry Kenneth|
|11 Peter Vincenti||11 Fabian Broghammer|
|4 Aaron Morris||2 Michael Smith|
|5 Troy Brown||29 Cian Bolger|
|39 Michael Hector||6 Tom Parkes|
|23 Sonny Bradley||3 James Paterson|
|31 Daniel Rose||25 Seanan Clucas|
|28 Kieron Cadogan||7 David Clarkson|
|10 Daniel Hylton||16 Joe Anyinsah|
|37 David López||32 Tom Eaves|
|29 Glenn Morris||Connor Gough 20|
|16 Doug Berqvrst||Lee Brown 14|
|33 Jordan Robertson||Oliver Norburn 15|
|17 Adam Mekki||Elliot Richards 10|
|40 Bobby Webbe||Ellis Harrison 17|
|20 Craig Reid||Mitch Harding 18|
|27 Guy Madjo||Alfie Santos 33|
|Craig Reid for Daniel Hylton (72)||Lee Brown for James Paterson (18)|
|Adam Mekki for Kieron Cadogan (73)||Oliver Norburn for David Clarkson (73)|
|Doug Berqvrst for Peter Vincenti (85)||Elliot Richards for Seanan Clucas (80)|
|· Squads: Aldershot Town | Bristol Rovers|