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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.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Luton Town 33 +38 71
2 Barnsley 33 +31 66
3 Sunderland 32 +25 62
4 Portsmouth 33 +19 61
5 Charlton Athletic 33 +15 56
6 Doncaster Rovers 31 +19 53
7 Peterborough United 33 +7 52
8 Blackpool 32 +6 48
9 Coventry City 33 -1 46
10 Fleetwood Town 33 +8 45
11 Burton Albion 33 +2 43
12 Wycombe Wanderers 33 -5 43
13 Southend United 33 -1 40
14 Accrington Stanley 31 -9 40
15 Scunthorpe United 33 -17 40
16 Plymouth Argyle 33 -13 38
17 Gillingham 33 -13 36
18 Walsall 33 -19 35
19 Bristol Rovers 32 -4 34
20 Rochdale 33 -26 34
21 Shrewsbury Town 32 -10 33
22 Oxford United 33 -12 33
23 Bradford City 33 -16 33
24 AFC Wimbledon 33 -24 29