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Constable inspires Pirates defeat

Constable inspires Pirates defeat (©PAphotos)
Constable inspires Pirates defeat (©PAphotos).

James Constable's brace coupled with Peter Leven's effort saw Oxford romp to a 3-0 npower League Two victory over Bristol Rovers, while United's bitter rivals Swindon were held to a 3-3 draw by Hereford.

Goals from Raffaele De Vita and Mehdi Kerrouche saw Paolo Di Canio's side go in at the break with a two-goal cushion, which was cancelled out after the interval by Tom Barkhuizen and Yoann Arquin.

Despite the setback, Swindon regained the lead through Simon Ferry but Harry Pell's last-gasp header earned a share of the spoils.

Plymouth's match with Accrington also ended in a high-scoring draw.

After Stanley saw Sean Hessey sent off, Simon Walton scored from the resulting penalty and Ladjie Soukouna extended their advantage in first-half stoppage time.

However, 10-man Accrington responded with gusto and, after Kevin Long pulled one back for the visitors, Padraig Amond ensured they would go back north with a point from the 2-2 draw.

Finally, Shrewsbury finished the right side of a five-goal thriller against Barnet at Greenhous Meadow.

The Shrews' two-goal half-time lead - courtesy of Matthew Richards and Terry Gornell efforts - was wiped out as Ricky Holmes and then Mark Marshall netted.

The latter's 82nd-minute goal looked to see the tie end as a draw, only for Lionel Ainsworth to score three minutes into stoppage time to secure a 3-2 win.

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Topics:
James Constable
Shrewsbury Town
Bristol Rovers
Football
Raffaele De Vita
Harry Pell
Sean Hessey
Matthew Richards
Hereford United
Swindon Town
Simon Ferry
Peter Leven
Mark Marshall
Lionel Ainsworth
League Two
Terry Gornell
Simon Walton
Barnet
Plymouth Argyle

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