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Northampton0Bristol Rovers6

Northampton Town 0-6 Bristol Rovers

Northampton's stuttering season reached a desperate new low on Saturday when they were hammered at home in a remarkable game against Bristol Rovers.

Billy Bodin scored against his former club to give Rovers a deserved lead at half-time before the visitors ran riot in the second half.

Ellis Harrison's double, Rory Gaffney's close-range finish and late goals from Liam Sercombe and Dominic Telford wrapped up only a second away league win of the season for Rovers, who climb to 12th as a result.

Northampton, who also had Alex Revell sent off on a disastrous afternoon, have now gone five successive league games without scoring and remain in the bottom four.

Matt Ingram was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers in a first half that Rovers dominated, as he made three saves before Bodin latched onto Gaffney's lay-off and fired into the bottom corner.

Tom Nichols missed the chance to add a second when Ingram saved his spot-kick but that mattered not given what unfolded in a remarkable second half.

Harrison headed in Sercombe's fine cross on 56 minutes before sweeping home a second four minutes later.

Revell then saw red when clashing with Tom Broadbent and Rovers were in no mood to relent, Gaffney powering in a fourth after Chris Lines' shot hit the post before Nichols' cross was finished off first-time by Sercombe.

Marc Bola teed up Telford for a sixth four minutes from time and that was the end of the scoring, much to the home side's relief.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Northampton

  • 13Ingram
  • 2MoloneySubstituted forPooleat 42'minutes
  • 6Taylor
  • 16Pierre
  • 3Buchanan
  • 15Bowditch
  • 8FoleySubstituted forMcGuganat 59'minutes
  • 29GrimesBooked at 42mins
  • 27HanleySubstituted forHoskinsat 64'minutes
  • 10RevellBooked at 69mins
  • 9Richards

Substitutes

  • 1Cornell
  • 7Waters
  • 11Powell
  • 14Hoskins
  • 17McWilliams
  • 26Poole
  • 37McGugan

Bristol Rovers

  • 1Slocombe
  • 22Partington
  • 16Broadbent
  • 37Menayese
  • 20Bola
  • 14Lines
  • 7Sercombe
  • 8O Clarke
  • 10BodinSubstituted forNicholsat 39'minutes
  • 9HarrisonBooked at 57minsSubstituted forSinclairat 67'minutes
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forTelfordat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Leadbitter
  • 3Brown
  • 11Nichols
  • 18Telford
  • 19Moore
  • 21Smith
  • 24Sinclair
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
6,087

Match Stats

Home TeamNorthamptonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away24
Shots on Target
Home3
Away16
Corners
Home10
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 6.

Regan Poole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Dean Bowditch (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Lewis McGugan (Northampton Town).

Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Marc Bola.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 6. Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Bola with a cross.

Attempt missed. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left.

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town).

Attempt missed. Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dominic Telford replaces Rory Gaffney.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 5. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Nichols with a cross.

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Tom Broadbent.

Attempt saved. Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Northampton Town. Conceded by Liam Sercombe.

Goal!

Goal! Northampton Town 0, Bristol Rovers 4. Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Aaron Pierre (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Broadbent (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Aaron Pierre.

Attempt blocked. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dismissal

Alex Revell (Northampton Town) is shown the red card.

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

Foul by Alex Revell (Northampton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Ellis Harrison.

Attempt blocked. Lewis McGugan (Northampton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Northampton Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Raheem Hanley.

David Buchanan (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Regan Poole (Northampton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Shrewsbury129301881030
2Wigan129122271528
3Bradford128222213926
4Rotherham127052213921
5Peterborough116232217520
6Charlton116231915420
7Blackburn10613158719
8Scunthorpe12543127519
9Fleetwood116142019119
10Oxford Utd125342114718
11Blackpool115331613318
12Bristol Rovers126062323018
13MK Dons125251215-317
14Southend124441722-516
15Portsmouth114251514114
16Walsall123541621-514
17Doncaster123361515012
18Rochdale122551014-411
19Oldham113171726-910
20Bury112361217-59
21Wimbledon12237514-99
22Northampton12228822-148
23Gillingham11146615-97
24Plymouth12129821-135
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