Ollie Clarke's second-half goal was enough to give Bristol Rovers their first win of the season, against AFC Telford.

The hosts survived an early scare when keeper Steve Mildenhall denied Sam Smith's impressive effort.

Neal Trotman almost put the Pirates ahead midway through the first half when his header hit the crossbar.

Clarke sealed three points for Rovers with a powerful effort from distance that beat keeper Jonathan Hedge.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

Darrell Clarke: Bristol Rovers manager on AFC Telford win

"It was a positive performance. It was a bit of a scruffy game at times, which was not helped by the referee not doing his job and stamping down on things.

"I'm all for teams seeing games out, but when you are wasting time in the first half it gets a bit draining.

"Referees have to be stronger, paying punters come to see a football match not the referee and the ball out of play.

"We got frustrated, but the pleasing thing for me is that we kept strong when we had to deal with their set plays."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 04 Lockyer
  • 03 Brown
  • 07 Mansell
  • 06 Parkes
  • 15 Trotman
  • 23 Monkhouse
  • 08 Clarke Booked
  • 10 Taylor (Harrison - 87' )
  • 27 Cunnington
  • 16 Martin Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 11 Gosling
  • 14 White
  • 17 Harrison
  • 25 Puddy

AFC Telford United

  • 01 Hedge
  • 15 Owens
  • 04 Byrne
  • 11 Clancy (Deacey - 68' )
  • 16 McDonald
  • 05 Akrigg
  • 02 Baynes
  • 12 Cooke (Phenix - 68' )
  • 09 Farrell
  • 18 Smith (Barnett - 82' )
  • 20 Poku

Substitutes

  • 07 Phenix
  • 08 Barnett
  • 13 Pryce
  • 14 Hancock
  • 19 Deacey
Ref: Jeff Muschik
Att: 5,450

Match Stats

Shots

16 6

On target

6 0

Corners

0 0

Fouls

12 11

Live Text Commentary

+7:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 1, AFC Telford United 0.

90:00 +5:48 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 1, AFC Telford United 0.

90:00 +5:28

Corner, AFC Telford United.

90:00 +4:56 Booking

Booking Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +4:43

Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

90:00 +4:43

Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:25

Attempt missed. Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +0:14

Corner, AFC Telford United.

89:42

Corner, AFC Telford United.

88:52

Corner, AFC Telford United.

88:04

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

86:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Matty Taylor.

81:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Telford United. Charlie Barnett replaces Sam Smith.

81:00

Attempt missed. Rod McDonald (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

80:16

Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

80:16

Wes Baynes (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

74:44

Foul by Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United).

74:44

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

73:17

Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).

73:17

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

72:11

Foul by Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United).

72:11

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

69:52

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right.

69:39

Attempt saved. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Dave Martin with a cross.

67:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Telford United. Jordan Deacey replaces Sean Clancy.

67:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Telford United. Michael Phenix replaces Sean Cooke.

66:29

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

66:29

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

65:33

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

65:33

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

61:44

Attempt missed. Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box.

61:18

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

61:18

Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

60:57

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

59:54

Foul by Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United).

59:54

Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

56:25

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Dave Martin with a cross.

54:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, AFC Telford United 0. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Brown.

49:39

Corner, AFC Telford United.

47:32 Booking

Booking Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:12

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

47:12

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

45:47

Corner, AFC Telford United.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, AFC Telford United 0.

45:00 +2:36 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, AFC Telford United 0.

45:00 +1:14

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

45:00 +0:56

Attempt blocked. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:00 +0:30

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

45:00 +0:30

Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

43:20

Attempt missed. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

38:23

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dave Martin.

38:02

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

37:50

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

36:45

Foul by Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United).

36:45

Steve Mildenhall (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

36:19

Corner, AFC Telford United.

35:49

Corner, AFC Telford United.

35:01

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

35:01

Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

33:04

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

33:04

Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

32:15

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

32:15

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

31:43

Offside, AFC Telford United. Sam Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Smith is caught offside.

30:52

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

30:52

Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

28:52

Attempt blocked. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:10

Foul by Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers).

28:10

Andy Owens (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

25:05

Corner, AFC Telford United.

23:28

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

22:17

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

22:17

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

17:05

Attempt missed. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

16:30

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

16:30

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

14:07

Attempt missed. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Dave Martin.

13:45

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

8:21

Corner, AFC Telford United.

8:12

Attempt blocked. Sam Smith (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

7:29

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

7:29

Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

6:19

Attempt missed. Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Mansell with a cross.

5:53

Foul by Steve Akrigg (AFC Telford United).

5:53

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

5:30

Attempt missed. Rod McDonald (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Sean Cooke with a cross.

5:00

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

5:00

Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

2:52

Attempt missed. Adam Cunnington (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lockyer with a cross.

2:14

Hand ball by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

1:22

Attempt saved. Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Lee Brown with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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