• Sky Bet League 2
  • 20 Oct 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: The Memorial Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Bristol Rovers

3-2

Torquay United

Tom Eaves 15, 76
Matthew Lund 17
Rene Howe 53
Aaron Downes 59

Rovers claim West Country spoils

Saturday 20th October 2012 18:33

Eaves: Struck twice for Rovers

Eaves: Struck twice for Rovers

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Tom Eaves struck twice as Bristol Rovers continued their recent improvement with a 3-2 win over 10-man Torquay at the Memorial Stadium.

The striker capitalised on poor defending to lift the ball over advancing 'keeper Michael Poke after 15 minutes of the League Two clash, and Matt Lund's free-kick doubled the advantage just two minutes later before the visitors had full-back Joe Oastler dismissed for a second booking on the half hour.

Back roared Torquay, though, and Rene Howe pulled one back with a curling effort after the break before Aaron Downes' header levelled matters shortly after. But Eaves netted the winner from substitute Wayne Brown's 76th-minute pass.

A cracking West country derby saw Rovers dominate the first half before their opponents emerged to give a much better account of themselves after the interval.

Both sides had chances in a feast of attacking football, but the home side ran out worthy winners and have now been beaten only once in seven games after a poor start to the season.