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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 Wycombe Wanderers 19 +14 40
2 Ipswich Town 18 +15 36
3 Peterborough United 19 +17 32
4 Blackpool 19 +7 32
5 Bristol Rovers 18 +3 31
6 Coventry City 19 +3 31
7 Oxford United 18 +18 30
8 Rotherham United 19 +11 30
9 Fleetwood Town 17 +7 29
10 Portsmouth 18 +8 28
11 Sunderland 18 +4 26
12 Shrewsbury Town 18 -3 25
13 Doncaster Rovers 16 +7 24
14 Gillingham 19 +1 24
15 Burton Albion 18 +1 24
16 Rochdale 20 -11 22
17 Lincoln City 18 -2 21
18 Accrington Stanley 19 -4 19
19 AFC Wimbledon 19 -7 17
20 Tranmere Rovers 18 -11 17
21 Milton Keynes Dons 19 -14 14
22 Southend United 20 -37 6
23 Bolton Wanderers 16 -27 2