Bristol Rovers finally earned their first home win of the 2012–13 season two months into the campaign in this League Two clash with Northampton Town.

Northampton had Anthony Charles sent off in an otherwise quiet first half, but The Pirates had to wait until after the break to open the scoring. Loanee Tom Eaves was the first to find the net, before defender Garry Kenneth doubled the advantage four minutes later. No doubt some doubts crept into the minds of the Rovers players and fans when Adebayo Akinfenwa pulled one back for the Cobblers on the 75-minute mark, but Oliver Norburn sealed the victory with six minutes left to play.

It was the first goal in Bristol Rovers colours for all three of The Gas's scorers, and for Eaves and Norburn it was their first ever goals in senior football.

Former Rovers goalkeeper Shane Higgs sat on the Northampton bench for the duration of this match.

Match detailsEdit

Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers 3–1 Northampton Town Northampton Town
Eaves (53)
Kenneth (57)
Norburn (84)
(0–0 HT) Akinfenwa (75)
Venue: The Memorial Stadium – KO: 6 October 2012 @ 1500
Attendance: 5,166 – Referee: Mark Brown
38 Neil Etheridge 21 Lee Nicholls
Yellow 26 Matthew Lund 3 Joe Widdowson Yellow
Ball 5 Garry Kenneth 5 Kelvin Langmead
Yellow 6 Tom Parkes 6 Anthony Charles Red
3 Jim Paterson 12 Ben Tozer
10 Eliot Richards 23 Danny East Sub-off
Sub-off 7 David Clarkson 11 Chris Hackett Yellow
Ball 15 Oliver Norburn 27 Kemar Roofe Sub-off
Sub-off 11 Fabian Broghammer 10 Adebayo Akinfenwa Ball
Sub-off 27 Derek Riordan 14 Alex Nicholls Yellow
Yellow Ball 32 Tom Eaves 19 Louis Moult Sub-off
28 Sam Walker (GK) 1 Shane Higgs (GK)
Sub-on 2 Michael Smith 7 Ishmel Demontagnac
Sub-on 14 Lee Brown 9 Clive Platt
16 Joe Anyinsah 15 Henoc Mukendi Sub-on
19 Adam Virgo 16 Lewis Wilson Sub-on
Sub-on 21 Wayne Brown 18 David Artell Sub-on
25 Seanan Clucas


  • Red 24 mins: Anthony Charles sent off for a professional foul on Derek Riordan
  • Yellow 29 mins: Tom Eaves booked for a foul on Danny East
  • Yellow 36 mins: Chris Hackett booked for a foul on David Clarkson
  • Sub-onSub-off 46 mins: Wayne Brown replaced David Clarkson
  • Sub-onSub-off 49 mins: Lewis Wilson replaced Danny East
  • Ball 53 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Tom Eaves
  • Sub-onSub-off 54 mins: Michael Smith replaced Derek Riordan
  • Ball 57 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Garry Kenneth
  • Yellow 63 mins: Matthew Lund booked for a foul on Kemar Roofe
  • Sub-onSub-off 64 mins: Lee Brown replaced Fabian Broghammer
  • Sub-onSub-off 64 mins: David Artell replaced Louis Moult
  • Yellow 66 mins: Joe Widdowson booked for a foul on Garry Kenneth
  • Ball 75 mins: Goal for Northampton scored by Adebayo Akinfenwa
  • Yellow 79 mins: Tom Parkes booked for a foul on Chris Hackett
  • Sub-onSub-off 83 mins: Henoc Mukendi replaced Kemar Roofe
  • Ball 84 mins: Goal for Bristol Rovers scored by Oliver Norburn
  • Yellow 90+1 mins: Alex Nicholls booked for a foul on Lee Brown

2012–13 matches
League Two
Home0–1 1–0 2–2 2–1 3–3 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–3 3–1 0–2 2–1 2–0 2–1 1–2 2–3 3–2 1–0 0–0
Away0–1 1–3 2–2 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–1 3–0 0–4 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–1 0–4 1–2 3–1 0–0 3–3 A–A
FA Cup Capital One Cup Johnstone's Paint Trophy
Rnd1 Rnd1 Rnd1sw
Res1–2 Res1–3 Res0–3

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