Jack Bonham impressed again for Bristol Rovers as they beat Coventry City 3-1 at The Memorial Stadium on Saturday to move out of the Sky Bet League One relegation places. After a couple of crucial early saves, Jack was involved in the hosts’ opener as his long ball forward caused panic in the Sky Blues’ back-line allowing Gavin Reilly to nip in and score. Tom Lockyer headed home a second before Ollie Clarke netted a third, all of this before the mid-point of the first-half. Dom Hyam spoiled Jack’s clean sheet just before the break but the home side protected their two-goal cushion to secure a first home league victory of the campaign.
In Sky Bet League Two, Tom Field played the final 25 minutes as Cheltenham Town were beaten 3-1 by Exeter City, for whom Chiedozie Ogbene was an unused substitute. Exeter dominated the opening period only for Ryan Broom to sweep The Robins in front just before the break against the run of play. Pierce Sweeney’s crisp volley levelled things shortly after the restart as the home side continued their dominance. However, it took until the final ten minutes for that pressure to be turned into points; Jayden Stockley and Jonathan Forte getting the goals which keep The Grecians second in the table.
Also in the Fourth Tier, Theo Archibald was an unused substitute as Forest Green Rovers climbed back into the Play-Off places with a 1-0 win at home to Crawley Town. The only goal of the game came with 20 minutes to play as Rueben Reid’s effort from the edge of the box took a huge deflection to wrongfoot Glenn Morris and find the back of the net.
Boreham Wood were beaten for the first-time in six outings after a 3-1 defeat at Salford City on Saturday. After netting his first goal for The Wood in midweek, Justin Shaibu kept his starting spot while Ellery Balcombe remained on the bench for the third game running. Tom Walker and Mark Shelton scored for the hosts before the break with Rory Gaffney adding a third in the second-half. Josh Umerah pulled one back for Wood but Salford held on as Luke Garrard’s side dropped to tenth.
Ryan Woods and Stoke City suffered defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, despite a spirited comeback at the Bet 365 Stadium. Rovers blew the hosts away with three goals in 20 minutes either side of the interval to take complete control. Gary Rowett’s side tried to rally and netted twice in two minutes late on to set up a frantic finale. However, Rovers held on as Stoke’s inconsistent start to the season goes on.