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Northampton Town 2-3 Bristol Rovers

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.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 1Smith
  • 2Moloney
  • 5Diamond
  • 6ZakuaniBooked at 90mins
  • 3Buchanan
  • 21O'TooleBooked at 81mins
  • 31Taylor
  • 4AndersonSubstituted forGorréat 65'minutes
  • 16BeautymanSubstituted forRichardsat 64'minutes
  • 14HoskinsSubstituted forMcCourtat 84'minutes
  • 10RevellBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 9Richards
  • 11Gorré
  • 12McCourt
  • 19Sonupe
  • 22Nyatanga
  • 26Cornell
  • 30Hooper

Bristol Rovers

  • 33Roos
  • 31Roberts
  • 4Lockyer
  • 6HartleyBooked at 65mins
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBodinat 55'minutes
  • 24SinclairSubstituted forMooreat 55'minutes
  • 35ColkettBooked at 90mins
  • 30Gaffney
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 10Taylor
  • 15J Clarke
  • 22Moore
  • 23Bodin
  • 29James
  • 36Clarke-Salter
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
6,642

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Northampton Town 2, Bristol Rovers 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jak McCourt.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Brendon Moloney.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

  8. Post update

    Connor Roberts (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  10. Goal!

    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.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Adam Smith.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Colkett (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  13. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town) for dangerous play.

  14. Post update

    Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Peter Hartley (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Kenji Gorré.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Northampton Town. Jak McCourt replaces Sam Hoskins.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gabriel Zakuani (Northampton Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1173126111524
2Bradford11560137621
3Bury116232013720
4Sheff Utd115331414018
5Northampton114521812617
6Port Vale115241514117
7Bristol Rovers114431616016
8Bolton114431010016
9MK Dons114341514115
10Oxford Utd114341211115
11Rochdale114341313015
12Gillingham114341721-415
13Peterborough113531814414
14Fleetwood113441616013
15Wimbledon113441516-113
16Walsall113441317-413
17Chesterfield113351616012
18Charlton112631212012
19Millwall113351822-412
20Swindon113351216-412
21Southend113351220-812
22Shrewsbury112451116-510
23Coventry11164812-49
24Oldham11164512-79
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