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Jack Bonham keeps clean sheet as Bristol Rovers escape drop zone

Catch up with the latest from our players away from Griffin Park

11 March 2019

Jack Bonham kept a second successive clean sheet to help Bristol Rovers out of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone following a 1-0 win at Scunthorpe United on Saturday.

The only goal of the game came ten minutes before the interval; Jonson Clarke-Harris netting his fifth in as many games for The Gas. Jack was relatively untroubled for large parts but did make one crucial save to deny Kevin Van Veen late on and notch up his 14th clean sheet of the term. The victory moves Rovers up to 19th, a point clear of the relegation places. Such is the congestion at the bottom of the third tier, victory over Gillingham tomorrow night would see Rovers leapfrog The Gills, who currently sit in 13th.

The only other positive result which any of our six loanees featured in came at Meadow Park as Boreham Wood drew 1-1 at home to AFC Fylde. After an alarming slide down the Vanarama National table, Wood picked up a point against promotion chasing Fylde with Justin Shaibu involved in Wood’s second-half equaliser. The striker was felled inside the area; Jamal Fyfield netting the rebound after Bradley Ash's penalty was saved. The draw leaves The Wood eight points clear of the drop zone ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Dover Athletic.

Both our players in Sky Bet League Two tasted defeat on Saturday. Reece Cole was a late substitute as Macclesfield Town edged closer to the drop following a 3-1 home defeat against high-flying MK Dons while Canice Carroll played the full 90 minutes for Swindon Town in their 2-1 defeat on the road at Carlisle United. Those results leave both sides six points from where they want to be at either end of the table. The Silkmen host Play-Off chasing Exeter City tomorrow night while Swindon in tenth head to 11th placed Stevenage.

Elsewhere, Josh Clarke was an unused substitute as Burton Albion kept their faint Sky Bet League One Play-Off hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Coventry City on Friday night while Jarvis Edobor was left out of the matchday squad for Maidstone United’s 2-0 win over Havant and Waterlooville in the National League. Both sides are back in action tomorrow as The Brewers head to Charlton Athletic while Maidstone make the trip to Eastleigh.

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