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The EBB Stadium at the Recreation Ground (ATT 2,862) 26th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Collins

Aldershot Aldershot Town vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Aldershot 2

M Hector (33)
C Reid (pen 76)

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Bristol R 2

D Clarkson (pen 54)
E Richards (87)

Pirates claim draw at Aldershot

Last Updated: 26/12/12 6:29pm

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Richards: Hit equaliser for Rovers

Richards: Hit equaliser for Rovers

Eliot Richards' late scuffed shot earned John Ward a point on his managerial return as Bristol Rovers snatched a 2-2 draw at Aldershot.

The Pirates looked to be heading for defeat in League Two on Boxing Day after a Craig Reid penalty put Aldershot in front with 14 minutes to go but Richards, who had only come on five minutes earlier, salvaged a point at the Recreation Ground.

Michael Hector gave the Shots a half-time lead with an exquisite first-half strike but a 54th-minute penalty from David Clarkson drew the Pirates level.

Hector slotted the ball into top corner after a lay-off from Danny Hylton's gifted him a yard of space on the edge of the area.

Six minutes into the second half Aaron Morris brought down Tom Eaves in the area in Bristol's first meaningful attack of the game, Clarkson duly held his nerve, despite the torrential rain, to fire home.

Reid restored the lead with coolly-taken penalty of his own but a scuffed effort from Richards in the 87th minute slowly trickled into the net after scrappy Aldershot defending to give Ward some comfort in his first game back.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Burton Albion 45 91
2 Shrewsbury Town 45 89
3 Southend United 45 84
4 Bury 45 82
5 Wycombe Wanderers 45 81
6 Stevenage 45 72
7 Plymouth Argyle 45 68
8 Luton Town 45 65
9 Newport County AFC 45 65
10 Northampton Town 45 61
11 Exeter City 45 61
12 Morecambe 45 60
13 Dagenham & Redbridge 45 59
14 Oxford United 45 58
15 AFC Wimbledon 45 57
16 Portsmouth 45 56
17 Accrington Stanley 45 53
18 Cambridge United 45 51
19 York City 45 51
20 Carlisle United 45 49
21 Mansfield Town 45 48
22 Hartlepool United 45 44
23 Cheltenham Town 45 40
24 Tranmere Rovers 45 39