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Last Updated: Thursday, 17 May 2007, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
Lincoln City 3-5 Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers win 7-4 on aggregate

Stuart Campbell celebrates his goal with Byron Anthony and Chris Carruthers
Campbell's goal set Rovers on their way
Bristol Rovers crushed Lincoln City to reach the League Two play-off final.

Stuart Campbell's stunning long-range shot set Rovers on their way to Wembley and soon after Rickie Lambert's clever volley put the visitors further ahead.

Jeff Hughes' incisive finish gave Lincoln hope, but poor defending from the Imps allowed Walker to make it 3-1.

Mark Stallard's half-volley pegged Rovers back, but Sammy Igoe and Sean Rigg put the visitors out of reach, before Hughes claimed his second.

Rovers got off to the best possible start when Campbell unleashed an unstoppable shot beyond Alan Marriott in the third minute.

On 11 minutes Rovers further extended their aggregate lead when Walker's cross from the left was neatly chested down by Lambert, who guided his volley past Marriott.

That awful start saw Lincoln's defence in complete disarray and the home side were lucky not to concede a penalty when Lewis Haldane looked to have been brought down from behind by Hughes.

But it was Hughes who briefly revived Lincoln's hopes as he made a well-timed run to steer home Jamie Forrester's cross from the right.

More poor defending from Lincoln allowed Rovers to score a third when Walker sidefooted in after the hosts failed to clear the ball.

But two minutes before the interval Stallard crashed the ball home following a Lincoln corner.

The second half never quite lived up to the drama of the opening period until two of Rovers' second-half substitutes capped an impressive performance from the visitors with a couple of late goals.

Igoe, a 63rd-minute replacement for Joe Jacobson, scored with a curling finish eight minutes from time, with Rigg scoring in similar style in the 90th minute.

Hughes' long-range shot in stoppage time pulled a goal back for Lincoln, but by then it was far too late.

Rovers will meet either MK Dons or Shrewsbury in the final at Wembley on 26 May.


  • Lincoln City manager John Schofield:

  • "It hurts and to be honest I am crying inside.

    "But we can be proud of what we've achieved this season and can look forward to next season with optimism.

    "I'm proud of my team and they will come back in on Monday and we'll have a real good go next time."

  • Bristol Rovers manager Paul Trollope:

  • "It's nice to be at the new Wembley but we haven't achieved anything yet and must not get carried away.

    "Some of our football was devastating at times but on the flip side I'm a perfectionist and some of our defending was disappointing.

    "We've ticked two of the three boxes now but it will all count for nothing if we don't tick the third at Wembley."


    Lincoln City: Marriott, Eaden (Mayo 74), Morgan, Beevers, Green (Brown 70), Amoo, Frecklington, Kerr, Hughes, Stallard (Gritton 56), Forrester.
    Subs Not Used: Rayner, N'Guessan.

    Booked: Stallard, Amoo.

    Goals: Hughes 25, Stallard 43, Hughes 90.

    Bristol Rovers: Phillips, Ryan Green, Anthony, Elliott, Carruthers, Haldane (Lines 73), Campbell, Disley, Jacobson (Igoe 63), Lambert, Walker (Rigg 84).
    Subs Not Used: Mike Green, Lescott.

    Goals: Campbell 3, Lambert 11, Walker 36, Igoe 82, Rigg 90.

    Att: 7,694.

    Ref: G Laws (Tyne & Wear).



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