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Bristol Rovers 2 Hartlepool United 2
A LAST-GASP leveller cost Hartlepool United victory at Bristol Rovers.
Leading 2-1 going into the closing stages, Pools looked set to see the game out, but Jack Baldwin was robbed in the penalty area by David Clarkson and he rolled the ball across for midfielder John O'Toole to sidefoot in from the edge of the area.
Pools could have had the game wrapped up on 77 minutes, when two openings went begging. Luke James, a constant menace all afternoon, was in on goal and had a chance for his hat-trick, but put his shot too close to Steve Mildenhall and the keeper saved with his legs.
From the corner, Christian Burgess ran in unmarked, but headed wide from inside the six-yard area.
After Jon Franks struck the frame of the goal, Pools went one-down on 35 minutes, when striker Matt Harrold took a pass down in the area, turned and fired in low.
But within a minute, Pools levelled, when James latched into space in front of the home defenders, picked his spot and rolled a low shot into the net.
And, right on half-time, James got his second. From a corner on the right, Christian Burgess couldn't get the ball from under his feet and James was on hand to knock in from close range.
Bristol Rovers: Mildenhall; Smith, Parkes, McChrystal, Brown; Bond, Lockyer, O’Toole, Richards (Clarkson 85); Harrold, Harding (Harrison 64). Subs: Gough, Gill, Norburn, Keary, Southway.
Hartlepool: Flinders; Duckworth, Baldwin, Burgess, Austin; Franks (Collins 76), Walton, Dolan, Compton; Monkhouse (Poole 85), James. Subs: Rafferty, Richards, Holden, Rodney, Sweeney.
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