Rovers climb out of relegation zone with Scunthorpe scalp.

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Bristol Rovers boosted their League One survival hopes with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Scunthorpe.

Bristol Rovers boosted their League One survival hopes with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Scunthorpe.

Jonson Clarke-Harris scored the game’s only goal – his fifth strike in as many games – to ensure Rovers move out of the relegation places.

Adam Hammill twice went close for the hosts in the early exchanges before Rovers’ Michael Kelly hammered a shot just over the crossbar.

Kevin Van Veen sent a shot wide for United before Rovers midfielder Liam Sercombe smacked a shot against the post.

The breakthrough came for the visitors after 35 minutes when Clarke-Harris slotted the ball beyond Jak Alnwick after Tom Nichols’ pullback.

Scunthorpe began brightly after the restart but Funso Ojo could not force the ball home from a couple of yards out.

Down at the other end, Sercombe saw a shot charged down before Ollie Clarke wastefully blasted over.

Dutch striker Van Veen was denied by Rovers goalkeeper Jack Bonham again late on, before firing over when well-placed as the Iron suffered a first home loss since Boxing Day.

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