David Clarkson's late winner moved Bristol Rovers close to League Two safety to leave Wycombe Wanderers slipping into the relegation zone.

Lee Brown curled in a free-kick to put Rovers in front before Matt McClure's superb back-flicked volley made it 1-1.

McClure put a good chance wide and then was at fault at the other end, guiding a cross into the path of Clarkson, who finished from close range.

Northampton's win over Dagenham means Wycombe are three points from safety.

They will have to win at bottom side Torquay, who were relegated on Saturday, and hope that either Rovers or the Cobblers lose on the final day of the season.

Darrell Clarke's Pirates will need just a point at home to Mansfield to preserve their Football League status, while Northampton host Oxford.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Everything's gone against us today. It's a bad situation. It's a really down atmosphere. But I've got to pick them up, I've got to turn this around and get a result at Torquay next week."

Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth on Bristol Rovers loss

"I didn't think there were many chances. We had the majority, but as has been the case this season we struggled to stick the ball in the back of the net. We were on top. We were in control of the game.

"They only had one chance in the second half, I was happy with the way we were playing, just a little bit more quality around the box would have been better."

Post-match: Bristol Rovers' Clarke

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We know there's still work to be done. Obviously we are delighted to have won this football game but we have still got a job to do at home.

"It's great to get three points and it stays in our hands until our final home game but nothing is done yet. I don't want people to be carried away to think it is.

"I know that we'll have a full Memorial Ground on Saturday but there is still plenty of work to do."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Wycombe Wanderers

  • 01 Ingram
  • 33 Rowe
  • 11 Wood
  • 04 Scowen
  • 05 Stewart
  • 19 Pierre
  • 10 Bloomfield
  • 08 Lewis
  • 29 McClure
  • 20 Craig (Styche - 83' )
  • 22 Kretzschmar (Morias - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 02 McCoy
  • 06 Johnson
  • 13 Horlock
  • 17 Morias
  • 18 Kuffour
  • 23 Arnold
  • 27 Styche

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 14 Brown
  • 32 O'Toole (Clarke - 88' )
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 39 Mohamed
  • 25 Clucas Booked
  • 09 Harrold (Beardsley - 71' )
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 11 Broghammer (Gillespie - 53' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Gillespie
  • 18 Harding
  • 19 Beardsley
  • 20 Gough
  • 24 Clarke
  • 33 Santos
  • 34 Keary
Ref: David Coote
Att: 6,752

Match Stats

Shots

5 3

On target

1 3

Corners

4 2

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2.

90:00 +1:00

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).

89:33

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:33

Foul by Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

88:51

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

88:47

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87:54

Delay in match Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers) because of an injury.

87:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ollie Clarke replaces John-Joe O'Toole.

84:31

Reece Styche (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:31

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

84:05

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:05

Foul by Steven Gillespie (Bristol Rovers).

83:35

Attempt saved. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Reece Styche replaces Steven Craig.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Junior Morias replaces Max Kretzschmar.

80:51

Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:51

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers).

79:06

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Pierre.

77:11

Foul by Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers).

77:11

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 2. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

73:32 Booking

Booking Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

70:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Beardsley replaces Matt Harrold.

65:00

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:57

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

55:59

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Mark McChrystal.

55:20

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

55:20

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:51

Attempt missed. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

52:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Steven Gillespie replaces Fabian Broghammer.

46:57

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

45:11

Foul by Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers).

45:11

Seanan Clucas (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

45:00 +2:29 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1.

40:57

Attempt missed. Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

40:22

Attempt blocked. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

39:24

Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:24

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

38:28

Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:28

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

37:00

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:56

Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

35:16

Hand ball by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

33:12

Hand ball by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

23:12

Foul by Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers).

23:12

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:44

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:44

Foul by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

19:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 1, Bristol Rovers 1. Matt McClure (Wycombe Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Wood with a cross.

18:36

Corner, Wycombe Wanderers. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

18:25

Attempt blocked. Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

16:26

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:26

Foul by Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers).

15:47

Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:47

Foul by Stuart Lewis (Wycombe Wanderers).

14:48

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

14:48

Sam Wood (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:44

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

12:44

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Wycombe Wanderers 0, Bristol Rovers 1. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

9:12

Hand ball by Matt Bloomfield (Wycombe Wanderers).

8:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:19

Delay in match Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

8:12

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Pierre.

6:12

Hand ball by Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers).

3:00

Josh Scowen (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:00

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

0:44

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

0:44

Steven Craig (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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