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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Plymouth 1-2 Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers held on to victory over Plymouth in their Worthington Cup clash, despite a late scare from Pilgrims star Paul McGregor

Marcus Bignot and Martin Cameron put the visitors comfortably ahead in the first half before Plymouth boss Kevin Hodges threw on last season's 16-goal top scorer McGregor, who threw the Pilgrims a lifeline.

McGregor pounced onto a superb through-ball from midfielder Terry Fleming to dummy and then beat visiting keeper Nick Culkin.

Rovers had deservedly taken the lead in the 32nd minute when former Crewe man Bignot cracked in a superb volley, his first senior goal since joining Rovers 21 days ago, to beat home keeper Jon Sheffield.

Striker Cameron also notched his first Rovers goal since his summer move, looping a header over stranded Sheffield in the 41st minute.


In the 61st minute, Simon Bryant's corner was headed back across the face of goal by Cameron and Nathan Ellington headed just over the bar.

Three minutes later, Ellington skimmed the bar with another header from another Bryant corner.

Rovers then introduced Mark Walters and he nearly beat Sheffield with a speculative 30-yard lob which again just looped over.

After McGregor's goal, a long throw from the right by Fleming was headed out to home midfielder Martin Barlow who let fly with a low volley which was cleared off the line.

In the last minute of normal time, Plymouth continued to press for a leveller and Culkin made a good save to keep out Adam Barrett's header.

Plymouth Argyle: Sheffield, O'Sullivan, J. Beswetherick, Barratt, Wotton, Taylor, Barlow, Fleming, M. Phillips, Gritton, Guinan. Subs: Hodges, McCarthy, Wills, L. Phillips, McGregor.

Bristol Rovers: Culkin, Foster, Thomson, Pethick, Bignot, Wilson, Cameron, Ellington, Bryant, Hogg, Astafjevs. Subs: Clarke, Meaker, Trees, Ellis, Walters.

Referee: T Parkes (Birmingham)

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