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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Liam Sercombe (49')
  • Joe Partington (65')
  • Chris Lines (79')
  • Ian Henderson (29', 66')

Late Lines long-ranger enables Bristol Rovers to down Rochdale

A spectacular 79th minute goal from Chris Lines gave Bristol Rovers a 3-2 Sky Bet League One victory over Rochdale at the Memorial Stadium.
The midfielder found the top corner of the net with a perfect right-footed drive from 25 yards after latching onto a pass from substitute Byron Moore.
The visitors took a 29th-minute lead when Rovers failed to clear a low corner box and Ian Henderson poked the ball in through a crowded six-yard box. An assistant was flagging but referee Chris Sarginson awarded the goal after consultation.
The hosts hit back four minutes after half-time, Tom Nichols heading Lee Brown's left wing cross into the path of Liam Sercombe, who volleyed his 11th goal of the season.
The hosts then went in front in the 65th minute when Joe Partington headed home a Lines free-kick - but within seconds Henderson picked up a right wing cross in the centre of goal and fired in at the second attempt to equalise.
Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith required lengthy treatment for a head injury in the opening minutes - but was able to complete the match.

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English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wigan Athletic 46 +60 98
2 Blackburn Rovers 46 +42 96
3 Shrewsbury Town 46 +21 87
4 Rotherham United 46 +20 79
5 Scunthorpe United 46 +15 74
6 Charlton Athletic 46 +7 71
7 Plymouth Argyle 46 -1 68
8 Portsmouth 46 +1 66
9 Peterborough United 46 +8 64
10 Southend United 46 -4 63
11 Bradford City 46 -10 63
12 Blackpool 46 +5 60
13 Bristol Rovers 46 -6 59
14 Fleetwood Town 46 -9 57
15 Doncaster Rovers 46 0 56
16 Oxford United 46 -5 56
17 Gillingham 46 -5 56
18 AFC Wimbledon 46 -11 53
19 Walsall 46 -13 52
20 Rochdale 46 -8 51
21 Oldham Athletic 46 -17 50
22 Northampton Town 46 -34 47
23 Milton Keynes Dons 46 -26 45
24 Bury 46 -30 36