National League
Bristol RoversBristol Rovers1TelfordAFC Telford United0

Bristol Rovers 1-0 AFC Telford United

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:

"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."

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 4Lockyer
  • 3Brown
  • 7Mansell
  • 6Parkes
  • 15Trotman
  • 23Monkhouse
  • 8O ClarkeBooked at 48mins
  • 10TaylorSubstituted forHarrisonat 87'minutes
  • 27Cunnington
  • 16MartinBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 11Gosling
  • 14White
  • 17Harrison
  • 25Puddy

Telford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Hedge
  • 15Owens
  • 4Byrne
  • 11ClancySubstituted forDeaceyat 68'minutes
  • 16McDonald
  • 5Akrigg
  • 2Baynes
  • 12CookeSubstituted forPhenixat 68'minutes
  • 9Farrell
  • 18SmithSubstituted forBarnettat 82'minutes
  • 20Poku

Substitutes

  • 7Phenix
  • 8Barnett
  • 13Pryce
  • 14Hancock
  • 19Deacey
Referee:
Jeff Muschik
Attendance:
5,450

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  4. Booking

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  9. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  10. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ellis Harrison replaces Matty Taylor.

  13. Substitution

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dave Martin (Bristol Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Michael Phenix (AFC Telford United).

  18. Post update

    Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).

  20. Post update

    Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.