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Sky Bet League 2

The Memorial Stadium (ATT 6,691) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Rochdale Rochdale

Bristol R 2

E Harrison (62, 84)

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Rochdale 1

M Rose (75)

Pirates get the better of Dale

Last Updated: 16/03/13 5:50pm

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Ellis Harrison: Bagged a brace

Ellis Harrison: Bagged a brace

Two second-half goals from teenager Ellis Harrison gave Bristol Rovers a 2-1 victory over Rochdale at the Memorial Stadium.

The first, in the 62nd minute, was a sensational right-footed strike from 20 yards after Harrison had turned his marker on the right and cut in past another defender.

Rochdale substitute Michael Rose equalised with a superb strike from 25 yards after 75 minutes, but Harrison pounced to net from close range when the visitors failed to deal with Eliot Richards' 84th-minute cross.

Rochdale hit a post through George Donnelly's 57th-minute shot and could consider themselves unlucky losers.

They created the best chances of a scrappy first half, with Donnelly's 20th-minute glancing header from a Robert Grant cross flying inches wide.

Donnelly had earlier shot over when unmarked 15 yards out and he went close again on the half hour when just failing to get a meaningful touch to a Rose cross.

Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall had to produce a fine 45th-minute save to keep out a curling Grant shot.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Scunthorpe United 43 77
2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 42 68
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
15 Cheltenham Town 43 52
16 Accrington Stanley 43 51
17 Portsmouth 42 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 42 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 42 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39