Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 3.
Charlie Colkett hit the stoppage-time winner as Bristol Rovers beat Northampton Town in a see-saw League One affair.
Both sides had early chances in a frantic opening spell, Matt Taylor testing Rovers goalkeeper Kelle Roos with a free-kick while Ellis Harrison's overhead kick forced Adam Smith into action.
The Cobblers took a ninth-minute lead when Smith's long clearance caught out the Rovers defence and Alex Revell raced clear to lob the advancing Roos from the edge of the box.
Rovers responded well with Ollie Clarke firing wide but Northampton almost doubled their advantage through Sam Hoskins on the stroke of half-time.
Rovers improved after the restart and it took a goal-line clearance from Taylor to keep out Harrison's header. But Rovers equalised on the hour mark when Chris Lines found Rory Gaffney whose low drive flew into the net off Taylor.
Gaffney went close when his close-range effort was blocked by Gabriel Zakuani and substitute Billy Bodin fired wide from the edge of the box.
Rovers duly took a 71st-minute lead when Colkett's far-post corner found Peter Hartley, whose header was too powerful for Smith to keep out. But the lead lasted only five minutes as substitute Kenji Gorre released Revell who beat Roos with a neat finish.
The game opened up with both sides going for the winner. Bodin tested Smith who then thwarted Gaffney with a superb save while Roos tipped away Gorre's rasping drive.
Zakuani was sent off for a second caution and Smith palmed away Colkett's ensuing free-kick. But Rovers won it in stoppage time when the Cobblers failed to clear and Colkett fired home from 10 yards out.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 6ZakuaniBooked at 90mins
- 21O'TooleBooked at 81mins
- 4AndersonSubstituted forGorréat 65'minutes
- 16BeautymanSubstituted forRichardsat 64'minutes
- 14HoskinsSubstituted forMcCourtat 84'minutes
- 10RevellBooked at 68mins
- 6HartleyBooked at 65mins
- 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 55'minutes
- 24SinclairSubstituted forMooreat 55'minutes
- 35ColkettBooked at 90mins
- 9HarrisonSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes
- 15J Clarke
- Graham Horwood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 3.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jak McCourt.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.
Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).
Connor Roberts (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
Goal! Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 3. Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rory Gaffney.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Smith.
Attempt saved. Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Second yellow card to Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town) for dangerous play.
Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town).
Attempt blocked. Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kenji Gorré.
Substitution, Northampton Town. Jak McCourt replaces Sam Hoskins.
Attempt missed. Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.