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Monday, December 14, 2009

Big Match Review - Bristol Rovers 3 Swindon 0

League One
Bristol Rovers 3-0 Swindon Town
Saturday December 12, Memorial Stadium (Att: 7,613)

Bristol Rovers moved up to 6th as a first half treble helped them blow away play-off rivals Swindon to record a convincing win in their Westcountry derby.

It took Paul Trollope's side just 11 minutes to take the lead. A long ball down the right hand side finding Andy Williams who easiky skipped past the Swindon backline to slot the ball past David Lucas in the away goal.

Two minutes later and the Gas had doubled their advantage. Jeff Hughes finishing a move he started - playing the ball out to the right for Williams to cross in and the Northern Irishman was on hand to flick the ball in at the near post.

The Robins responded, and were unfortunate not to reduce the deficit when Billy Paynter's effort rebounded back off the post and away to safety.

And they found themselves even further behind just after the half hour mark when Stuart Campbell's quickly taken free kick caught the away side out and Jo Kuffour fired home a third.

Danny Wilson's men struggled to find a way back into the match in the second half and were almost caught out again but the crossbar denied Hughes a second with a brilliant chip.

The first half blitz was enough for Rovers though, who replace Town in the play-off positions.

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