League Two

December 26, 2012

Full-time

Aldershot Town

2 - 2

Bristol Rovers

League Two

15:00 +00:00, December 26, 2012

The EBB Stadium at the Recreation Ground

Referee: Lee Collins

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.

Scoring Summary

Aldershot Town Bristol Rovers
Michael Hector (33')David Clarkson (pen 54')
Craig Reid (pen 76')Elliot Richards (87')