February 1, 2013
Brunt stings Bees
Ryan Brunt grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner to continue Bristol Rovers' revival under John Ward with a 2-1 victory over fellow League Two strugglers Barnet at the Memorial Stadium.
The recent signing from Stoke found the roof of the net from a narrow angle after Lee Brown's shot had been deflected into his path.
Fabian Broghammer had fired the home side in front from Brown's left-wing cross after 77 minutes but substitute Harry Crawford levelled for the visitors with a low shot in the last minute.
Crawford picked his spot from 10 yards just moments after being guilty of a glaring miss when he shot over an unguarded net.
But an 8,000 Friday night crowd roared Rovers to their fourth win in six games under Ward and a result which lifted them out of the bottom two.
Rovers made a fast start with Broghammer having a shot deflected just off target and Brunt and Mark McCrystal also going close.
But Barnet, driven on by player-boss Edgar Davids, gradually got into the game and the Dutchman turned the clock back with one moment of magic after 59 minutes, forcing a fine save from Steve Mildenhall with a perfectly-struck shot from 35 yards.
|13 Steve Mildenhall||29 Graham Stack|
|14 Lee Brown||30 David Stephenson|
|29 Mark McChrystal||35 Andy Iro|
|11 Fabian Broghammer||26 Elliot Johnson|
|2 Michael Smith||31 John Oster|
|6 Tom Parkes||38 Edgar Davids|
|32 John-Joe O'Toole||8 Mark Byrne|
|25 Seanan Clucas||15 Andy Yiadom|
|15 Oliver Norburn||11 Richard Holmes|
|16 Joe Anyinsah||10 Jon Nurse|
|26 Ryan Brunt||41 Ibrahim Sekajja|
|20 Connor Gough||Sam Cowler 18|
|4 Dan Woodards||Barry Fuller 2|
|21 Clayton McDonald||Jordan Brown 3|
|7 David Clarkson||Clovis Kamdjo 4|
|10 Elliot Richards||Oliver Lee 7|
|17 Ellis Harrison||Iffy Allen 22|
|27 Tom Hitchcock||Harry Crawford 42|
|David Clarkson for Joe Anyinsah (73)||Harry Crawford for Richard Holmes (32)|
|Elliot Richards for Oliver Norburn (75)||Clovis Kamdjo for John Oster (83)|
|Dan Woodards for Fabian Broghammer (89)||Iffy Allen for Ibrahim Sekajja (86)|
|· Squads: Bristol Rovers | Barnet|