Lambert Seals Victory

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Rickie Lambert’s stunning 35 yard drive gave the Pirates all three points against high flying Swindon Town.

Rovers went into the local derby needing all three points to continue there push for a play off place, whilst Swindon needed just a point to gaurntee League One football next season.

Rovers started brightly, Lambert having the first chance early on but the striker was off target. So was his partner, Richard Walker, when centre-back Steve Elliott minutes later pumped a high ball into the penalty area.

The goal was a real peach, Lambert gathering possession 30 yards from his target with 26 minutes gone before slamming the ball into the top corner of the net. It was a stunning opener, but nearly drew an equally impressive reply two minutes later when Jerel Ifil let fly from distance only see his effort deflect to safety off Steve Elliot.

Swindon’s manager Paul Sturrock took off his son Blair to shift Lee Peacock from the middle line back to his more familiar role in attack.

He also sent on his other two substitutes in an attempt to recover the game, but had to settle for a determined Roberts run into the box, stopped by an equally determined tackle from the impressive Stuart Campbell, and a shot by Pook which was just too high.

Rovers now lie in 7th spot with just one game to go.

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