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REPORT | Rovers 2 Plymouth Argyle 1

6 March 2021

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Goals from Tom Anderson and Omar Bogle secured victory against a dangerous Plymouth Argyle side.

Andy Butler made one change to the side that beat Portsmouth midweek with the injured Jon Taylor being replaced by Taylor Richards. 

Rovers were in complete control of the game from the first whistle, and it was reflected with Butler’s men taking the lead on the seventh minute.  

Richards had won Rovers a corner after Mike Cooper had to pull off a stretching save to deny his effort. The resulting corner was whipped to the back post by James Coppinger and headed in by captain Tom Anderson. 

Richards was hungry for his goal pulling off another challenging shot on goal which forced Cooper all the way down to his bottom right corner.  

Later Josh Sims would come agonisingly close as his effort spun across the grass and just past Cooper’s post.  

On the 27th minute Brad Halliday almost scored a sensational goal after being perfectly teed-up by Coppinger but the right back had to watch his great effort go inches wide of the post.  

With just under 15 minutes left of the first-half the visitors gained more impetus in the game but the Rovers defence were unfazed with Anderson perfectly leading the backline.  

Rovers went into the break with a one goal lead and the only time Butler’s men came under pressure in the first half was through corners or free kicks which were defended confidently by the men in red and white.  

For the second half Butler withdrew John Bostock who was booked in the first half with Celtic loanee Scott Robertson.  

Within two minutes of the second half starting Omar Bogle headed past Cooper to get his first goal from open play for the club.  

Despite going 2-0 down Plymouth looked more motivated than they had the entire game. They responded instantly by cutting Rovers’ lead after ex Rovers man Niall Ennis beat Louis Jones.  

The Pilgrims almost equalised through their captain Joe Edwards, but the midfielders headed effort was off target. 

Conor Grant forced a great save out of Jones, but the young goalkeeper could only par it back out. Rovers had to clear and settle for a corner.  

Bogle almost got his second of the game after a great attacking move by Rovers was finished with the front man shooting wide of the mark. 

Substitute Madger Gomes had a chance to put the game to rest after beating the offside trap but his effort was blocked by a determined Will Aimson who astonishingly got back in front of the Spainard. 

Rovers managed to see game out and hold onto the three points despite Plymouth throwing everything they had at trying to get something out of the game.  


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