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Another clean sheet for Jack Bonham guides Bristol Rovers away from drop zone

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14 March 2019

Jack Bonham kept a third straight clean sheet as Bristol Rovers pulled further clear of the Sky Bet League One relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Gillingham on Tuesday night.

The only goal of the game was a stunner; Jonson Clarke-Harris firing home from long-range on the hour to hand The Gas a third straight league win. The clean sheet was Jack's 15th of the season and saw Rovers move up to 16th, three points clear of the drop zone, ahead of Saturday's home game against high-flying Charlton Athletic. 

The Addicks warmed up for that game with a 2-1 win at home to Josh Clarke's Burton Albion. All three goals came in the opening half-hour; Lyle Taylor and Ben Reeves netting either side of Lucas Akins's strike to hand Charlton the advantage. After a month out with an ankle injury, Josh played the final two minutes at The Valley but couldn't help his side stage a late recovery. The Brewers are back in action on Saturday at home to Blackpool.

In the National League, Justin Shaibu netted his seventh of the season as Boreham Wood drew 1-1 away at Dover Athletic. Justin netted in the fourth-minute following a swift counter attack but the hosts levelled seven minutes later through captain Mitch Brundle. The draw extended Wood's poor run of form to just one win in 11 and leaves them six points clear of the drop zone. A trip to Play-Off chasing Ebbsfleet United is up next for Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Also in non-league, Jarvis Edobor wasn't involved as Maidstone United edged closer to the drop with a 2-0 defeat away at Eastleigh. Defeat leaves The Stones 11 points from safety with nine games to play, starting at Wrexham this weekend. 

In Sky Bet League Two, Swindon Town's Play-Off chances took a severe hit following a 2-0 defeat at promotion rivals Stevenage. Canice Carroll was introduced on the hour with The Robins trailing to Alex Revell's first-half strike but couldn't help his side get back into the game. Instead, Ilias Chair scored from inside his own-half in injury-time to wrap up the points. Town are at home to Port Vale on Saturday, looking to cut the gap to the top seven down to four points. 

Macclesfield Town dropped to the foot of League Two after their game at home to Exeter City fell foul to a waterlogged pitch. Reece Cole's side face a potentially decisive trip to Yeovil Town on Saturday knowing that defeat to The Glovers would leave them nine-points from safety. 

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