Bristol Rovers 0-1 Swindon: Jack Payne seals vital win for struggling Town

Tuesday 23 March 2021 21:19, UK

Jack Payne was the match-winner as Swindon edged out fellow League One strugglers Bristol Rovers for a precious 1-0 win at the Memorial Stadium.

The visitors won a scrappy West country derby on 71 minutes when a Scott Twine free-kick rebounded off the defensive wall and Payne picked up the loose ball to drive into the box and fire home from 12 yards.

A late Lee Camp save from Jonah Ayunga sealed a result which took Swindon three points clear of Joey Barton’s Rovers, who drop into the relegation zone.

The hosts thought they had taken a 50th-minute lead when half-time substitute Zain Westbrooke fired in low from the edge of the box. But after consulting a linesman referee Andy Woolmer ruled offside against a team-mate.

Neither goalkeeper had been required to make a save in a desperately poor first half dominated by both defences.


Brandon Hanlan shot narrowly wide for Rovers after the break but they could have no complaints, having created few clear openings.

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