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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 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18