Byron the quick­est in his­tory of Pi­rates

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sean Davies

BYRON Moore scored Bris­tol Rovers’ fastestever league goal, find­ing the back of the net af­ter just 11 sec­onds, to down AFC Wim­ble­don.

Billy Bodin thought he had added a sec­ond, only for the lines­man to rule the goal out.

Wim­ble­don dom­i­nated for long spells but Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke was ec­static that his side kept them­selves in the play-off hunt head­ing into Easter, just four points out­side the top six.

“Ob­vi­ously it was the dream start and great to score so quickly,” ex­plained Clarke.

“I had said to the play­ers that we had started quickly in our home games over the last five or six but hadn’t been so quick away from home – that is a per­fect re­sponse.

“We have reached the Easter pe­riod four points off the play-offs, that is bril­liant.

“We are go­ing to a team fight­ing for their lives next week in Gillingham, then an­other team fight­ing for their lives in Old­ham.

“We can only do what we have done here, and I am re­ally proud of the play­ers for tak­ing us to Easter still with a chance.”

Straight from kick-off El­lis Har­ri­son knocked a long ball down for Moore to lash home from 18 yards as the 28year-old wrote him­self into the Pi­rates’ record books.

Bodin had the ball in the net on the 15-minute mark af­ter latch­ing on to Har­ri­son’s flick, but the lines­man flagged for off­side.

Lyle Tay­lor proved Wim­ble­don’s first-half bright spark as he drew a fine save from Joe Lumley, be­fore his free­kick was blocked and a near-post header flashed wide.

With the first at­tack of the sec­ond half, Tay­lor drew an­other save from Lumley with a clever flick.

Wim­ble­don dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod but failed to take ad­van­tage with Tay­lor, Jon Meades and Ty­rone Bar­nett pass­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties.

And Wim­ble­don as­sis­tant man­ager, Neil Cox couldn’t hide his frus­tra­tion. “I am dis­ap­pointed and we are dis­ap­pointed,” said Cox.

“We started the game re­ally slop­pily and I thought af­ter that we were the bet­ter side to be hon­est with you.

“We tried to get for­ward and tried to get bod­ies in the box and as I say when you go 1-0 down in the first minute and they have some­thing to hang on to it be­comes dif­fi­cult.

“I am dis­ap­pointed for some of the play­ers, be­cause some of them had a right go, but then some of them didn’t and again that is dis­ap­point­ing to me.”


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