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Classic encounters: Bristol Rovers

19 October 2020

Match Previews

Classic encounters: Bristol Rovers

19 October 2020

Re-live classic encounters between Town and Bristol Rovers.

Town are back at home for a midweek Sky Bet League One clash against Bristol Rovers in the sixth game of the 2020/21 campaign.

League Two, Gay Meadow, Saturday 1 January 2005: Shrewsbury Town 2-0 Bristol Rovers

Town made it a run of five games unbeaten with a hugely important win at home against 16th place Bristol Rovers. Just three weeks before, Town were 22nd place in the 24 team League Two table.

The first-half was very nervy affair, seeing the deadlock unbroken after 45 minutes. Gary Peter’s gave a motivational team-talk during the break as the young Town side came out in electric fashion, hunting for the crucial three points.

A young Dave Edwards opened the scoring in the 64th minute. He latched onto a cut-back from Jake Sedgemore and kept calm to place the ball into the corner of the Bristol Rovers net.

Merely 10 minutes later, the lead was doubled by Salop, this time through forward John Grant. He was put through one-on-one over the top of the Rovers defence and had no trouble in slotting home past Ryan Clarke in the away goal.

Just after conceding, things went from bad to worse for Rovers as they were reduced to 10 men. John Anderson saw a straight red for a high challenge on Sam Aiston.

Town: Scott Howie, Kelvin Langmead, Dave Ridler, Darren Tinson, Stuart Whitehead, Neil Ashton, Jake Sedgemore, Sam Aiston (Lyng 84), David Edwards, Jamie Tolley (O’Connor 75), John Grant.

Subs not used: Joe Hart, Luke Rodgers and Ryan Lowe

Bristol Rovers: Ryan Clarke, John Anderson, Christian Edwards, Steve Elliott, Craig Hinton, Paul Trollope (Haldane 69), Stuart Campbell (Gibb 47), James Hunt, Dave Savage, Jamie Forrester (Agogo 60), Lee Thorpe.

Subs not used: Elliott Ward and Robbie Ryan

Attendance: 5,043

League Two, Greenhous Meadow, Tuesday 14th February 2012: Shrewsbury Town 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Top scorer James Collins fired a late winner as Shrewsbury edged out Bristol Rovers 1-0 to stay in the hunt for automatic promotion.

A tight game of few chances looked destined to end goalless until the 86th minute when Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Collins rifled home his 10th goal of the season for Shrewsbury, bagging the hosts all three points in the midweek clash.

Rovers failed to clear a corner and Collins reacted instinctively to rocket a shot on the turn to the top corner of the net for his tenth goal of the season.

Shrewsbury remain unbeaten at the Greenhous Meadow this season and have collected 36 points from a possible 42 on home soil. A sterile first half featured few chances at either end, with neither keeper seriously extended.

Town: Chris Neal, Carl Regan, Jermaine Grandison, Ian Sharps, Matt Richards, Joe Jacobson, David McAllister (Wroe 76), Jon Taylor, Mark Wright, James Collins, Terry Gornell (Sawyers 77).

Subs not used: Smith, Cansdell-Sherriff, Ainsworth

Bristol Rovers: Micheal Poke, Cian Bolger, Lee Brown (Dorman 82), Tom Parkes, Danny Woodards, Jim Paterson, Joe Anyisah (McGleish 60), Matt Gill, Craig Stanley, Matt Harrold (Lund 46), Eliot Richards.

Subs not used: Bevan, Smith

Attendance: 4,928

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