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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 Portsmouth 20 +19 47
2 Luton Town 21 +20 41
3 Sunderland 19 +21 40
4 Peterborough United 21 +12 39
5 Barnsley 20 +14 35
6 Doncaster Rovers 21 +8 35
7 Charlton Athletic 20 +8 34
8 Blackpool 20 +6 34
9 Wycombe Wanderers 21 +2 31
10 Walsall 21 -6 30
11 Coventry City 21 -3 29
12 Accrington Stanley 20 -2 28
13 Fleetwood Town 21 +5 27
14 Burton Albion 20 -2 27
15 Southend United 21 -3 26
16 Gillingham 21 -3 24
17 Shrewsbury Town 21 -3 24
18 Rochdale 21 -11 24
19 Oxford United 21 -6 22
20 Scunthorpe United 21 -15 21
21 Bristol Rovers 21 -8 17
22 Plymouth Argyle 21 -16 17
23 AFC Wimbledon 21 -16 15
24 Bradford City 21 -21 15