Bristol R 1 – 0 Barrow

Antony Evans fired a spectacular long-range winner as Bristol Rovers maintained their climb towards the League Two play-off zone with a 1-0 win at home to 10-man Barrow.

The visitors clashed from the 32nd minute when Leon Clarke was fired from behind as he was cleared on goal by last man Niall Canavan, who was shown a straight red card.

James Belshaw had made an early save on Oliver Banks’ volley but Barrow’s Paul Farman was busier, preventing efforts from Harry Anderson and Evans.

Anderson also went close with a 25-yard shot on 19 minutes that flew inches wide.

Clarke fired in the second half while Farman saved well from substitute Aaron Collins.

Rovers struggled to make their advantage count against a tenacious defense until midfielder Evans unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards on 82 minutes.

Spirited Barrow had chances to equalize late, with Josh Gordon and Banks having shots saved by Belshaw and Matthew Platt hitting a post.

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