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Rovers went down 4–0 to Port Vale in this League Two fixture, their joint biggest defeat of the season to date, following a loss to Gillingham by the same scoreline two months earlier.

Tom Pope's hat-trick not only secured a comfortable win for the Stoke-based side, but also made him the quickest Port Vale player ever to reach 20 goals in a season. The Valiants' other goal was scored by Ben Williamson towards the end of the first half, after Pope had already put them 2–0 up. Pope completed the scoring, and his hat-trick, midway through the second half.

The game marked a return to action for Matt Gill, who had spent almost two months on the sidelines injured, and also saw the first team debut of second year scholar Alefe Santos. Neil Etheridge made his final appearance for The Pirates, later receiving a call from Fulham while on the coach back to Bristol after the match informing him that he was being recalled from his loan, while Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald would return to the Memorial Stadium less than two months later as a Bristol Rovers player.

Match detailsEdit

Port Vale Port Vale 4–0 Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Pope (20, 22, 67)
Williamson (35)
(3–0 HT)
Venue: Vale Park – KO: 20 November 2012 @ 1945
Attendance: 4,177 – Referee: Andy Madley
Lineups
1 Chris Neal  38 Neil Etheridge
2 Adam Yates   2 Michael Smith
5 John McCombe 4 Danny Woodards Sub-off
Sub-off 14 Clayton McDonald 6 Tom Parkes
24 Richard Duffy 3 Jim Paterson
9 Jennison Myrie-Williams 26 Matthew Lund
21 Kingsley James 25 Seanan Clucas Sub-off
Sub-off 23 Ryan Burge 21 Wayne Brown
10 Ashley Vincent 14 Lee Brown
Ball Ball Ball Sub-off 11 Tom Pope 11 Fabian Broghammer Sub-off
Ball 19 Ben Williamson 32 Tom Eaves
Substitutes
12 Sam Johnson (GK) 28 Sam Walker (GK)
3 Rob Taylor 8 Matt Gill Sub-on
8 Louis Dodds 17 Ellis Harrison
15 Chris Shuker 19 Adam Virgo
Sub-on 17 Joe Davis 27 Derek Riordan Sub-on
Sub-on 20 Sean McAllister 30 Tom Lockyer
Sub-on 22 Ryan Lloyd 33 Alefe Santos Sub-on

TimelineEdit


2012–13 matches
League Two
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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
0–2
1–4
FA Cup Capital One Cup Johnstone's Paint Trophy
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TeamSHU TeamIPS TeamYEO
H/AH H/AA H/AH
Res1–2 Res1–3 Res0–3

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