Last-gasp Gillespie seals draw
Last Updated: 25/02/14 11:10pm
Steven Gillespie: Rescued a point for the Pirates
Substitute Steven Gillespie's last-minute equaliser rescued Bristol Rovers a point in a 1-1 draw at high-flying Scunthorpe.
Gillespie raced in to add the finishing touch to a low, right-wing cross from full-back Michael Smith to stun the home crowd.
Leading scorer Sam Winnall pounced with his 18th goal of the season for the in-form Iron who stretched their unbeaten run to 17 games but fell two points behind League Two leaders Chesterfield, who were 4-1 winners at Cheltenham.
Winnall struck in the 22nd minute with a near-post header from a perfect left-wing cross from Gary McSheffrey.
Rovers suffered an injury blow on the stroke of half-time when Alan Gow was carried off on a stretcher with suspected knee ligament damage after falling awkwardly in the box as he tried to get in a shot.
The visitors enjoyed a good patch early in the second half as they chased an equaliser and almost got one in the 59th minute when Chris Beardsley saw his goal-bound effort well turned away by goalkeeper Sam Slocombe.
Scunthorpe went close to making it 2-0 when Winnall bounced a header against the crossbar from a cross by full-back Eddie Nolan.
Midfielder David Syers, who scored a hat-trick at the weekend, then thundered a shot just inches wide for the home side.
But hard-working Rovers rescued a deserved point with Gillespie's late equaliser.
Sky Bet League 2
Tue 25th Feb
Newport1 - 2AFC W'don
Exeter0 - 1Wycombe
Cheltenham1 - 4Chesterfld
Fleetwood0 - 4Plymouth
Portsmouth1 - 0Accrington
Scunthorpe1 - 1Bristol R
Northamptn2 - 1Southend
Mansfield1 - 4Bury
Torquay1 - 1Burton Alb
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