Former Bantam Guy Branston scored with his first touch as a Bristol Rovers player in a 3-3 draw with City at the Memorial Stadium, which saw both teams finish with 10 men. The veteran defender, who joined on loan from Aldershot this week, headed home a second-minute corner from Jim Paterson, only for Nahki Wells to convert an equaliser from a narrow angle after being put through by Will Atkinson midway through the first half.
Tom Eaves restored Rovers’ lead after 33 minutes with a low drive from the edge of the box, bu Carl McHugh levelled for the visitors again 10 minutes after the interval with a powerful header from a Gary Jones corner. Michael Smith volleyed Rovers back in front for the third time, yet still the Bantams refused to Buckle as James Hanson headed home a 68th minute equaliser. The game erupted in injury time when an ugly touch-line exchange ended with Nathan Doyle being sent off, while Rovers midfielder Wayne Brown was also dismissed for a second yellow. The red card will now mean that Nathan Doyle will miss the next 3 games through suspension.