Sierra Leone International Kamil Conteh made a successful debut for Bristol Rovers, helping them to end their four-match losing streak in League One.
The team secured a 3-1 victory against Oxford at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, with goals from Chris Martin, Thomas, and Harvey Vale.
Kamil, who is 21 years old and recently signed a new three-and-a-half-year deal with the club after moving from Grimsby Town, played the full match and contributed to their win.
Martin, who extended his contract with the Gas earlier this week, met Antony Evans’ flick from a Jack Hunt cross to plant a left-foot shot low past goalkeeper Jamie Cumming in the 16th minute.
The home team extended their lead by two goals just six minutes after the first goal. Luke Thomas received a pass from Sam Finley and danced his way past multiple defenders before shooting from the edge of the box into the bottom corner. Despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to the ball, the shot was too powerful to stop.
Jed Ward made a crucial save when he denied Ruben Rodrigues on the 52nd minute. However, Oxford managed to score a goal when Cameron Branagan’s shot from outside the box was deflected off Mark Harris and went in six minutes later.
With 13 minutes remaining, Rovers sealed the victory when Cummings saved Finley’s low shot, but Harvey Vale was quick to pounce on the rebound and scored.