March 21, 2015
Bristol Rovers return to the top of the Vanarama Conference table – at least for 24 hours – after a 3-1 victory over Aldershot Town at the Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
Darrell Clarke`s side set down the marker ahead of today`s matches and are two points clear of second-placed Barnet, who host struggling Welling United at The Hive later and six of Macclesfield Town, who also entertain a relegation battler in Nuneaton Town at the Moss Rose.
It was Rovers` stella January transfer window signing Jermaine Easter, making his home debut following a knee injury, who gave his side a 13th minute lead.
The former Crystal Palace and Millwall striker fired home from 12 yards out to open his Rovers` tally.
However Aldershot, who still need a few more points to be totally secure from being dragged into the relegation dog-fight, equalised in the 32nd minute perhaps against the run of play.
The Shots frustrated their hosts for much of what remained of the opening period, but any fears among the majority of the 7,416 crowd that the home side may drop vital points disappeared when they scored twice in 2 minutes around the hour-mark.
Andy Monkhouse gave Rovers the lead following good work from Easter and Matty Taylor converted Lee Brown`s cross from close range shortly afterwards.
Aldershot had efforts from on-loan pair Jim Stevenson and Antonio German late on but Rovers held firm for three vital points.