Epic 7-0 win sees Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers grab promotion on goal difference

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Bristol Rovers have managed to secure promotion to League One despite not being in the top three all season.

Joey Barton's side managed to put seven goals past Scunthorpe this afternoon and climbed into the third automatic promotion place on goal difference. Bristol Rovers had a mountain to climb with the team needing a five-goal swing over their promotion rivals Northampton.

The game finished late as fans invaded the pitch seconds after the seventh goal went in, with Barton having to appeal to fans over the tannoy system to retake their seats in the worry that the game would be suspended. The side were just 2-0 up at halftime with promotion rivals Northampton 3-0 up making the task even harder for the Pirates.

Fans took to Twitter in sheer jubilation on what was an unforeseeable final day of the season in League Two. Journalist @IanDarke tweeted: "This finish in L2 is almost beyond belief. Heart goes out to Northampton – but blimey what a “gas” for Bristol Rovers (needed to win by 5 more goals than Northampton and did it !! Cobblers start in 3rd, win 3-1, and end up lower than when they started)."

@Browny_90 tweeted: "That Bristol Rovers promotion to League 1 is one of the most insane things I've ever seen in football. Not in the top 3 of League 2 all season apart from the last 10 mins and going up via goals scored with a 7-0 win."

Even Bristol Rovers' official Twitter lost track in all the chaos as players and fans counted down to the final whistle in the dying embers of the game. They tweeted: "No idea what minute it is now. Just going to tweet stuff. UTG. #Gas 7-0 #Iron"

When the final whistle did eventually go, fans flooded the pitch again, but this time they were welcomed with no doubt that the promotion would be secured. The players and Barton were all surrounded and congratulated as celebrations began.

Not only was it a historical day securing promotion, it was also the first time Bristol Rovers had scored seven goals in one match since 1964. As fans raced for the pitch, the referee and officials sprinted to the tunnel in fear of being swept up in the celebrations.

Elsewhere in League Two, Forest Green Rovers managed to secure their title as League Two champions with a 2-2 draw away at Mansfield, and Exeter finished second having already secured promotion as they lost at home to Port Vale.

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