PAWEL ABBOTT grabbed a dream debut goal for Town and vowed: "I hope there's a lot more to come."

The 21-year-old struck five minutes from time at the Memorial Stadium last night to earn a 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers which put Town level on points with fifth-placed Yeovil.

Peter Jackson's side will be hoping to close a six-point gap to the automatic promotion places still further when Lincoln City visit the McAlpine on Saturday, although Keith Alexander's seventh-placed side are fresh from a stunning 4-1 success at York.

Abbott is all set to make a home debut against Lincoln after wiping out Graham Hyde's opener, which keeper Phil Senior was distraught not to stop, and the Preston loan player can't wait to get cracking.

"I dreamed about scoring the winner last night and, while I didn't quite manage that, it felt great to get on the scoresheet and earn us a point," said Abbott today.

"My performance wasn't how I would have liked it because I still need match fitness and sharpness, but strikers are judged on goals and I was able to redeem myself.

"I just concentrated on getting the shot on target. The ball sat up nicely for me, I struck it well and, luckily, it went right into the far corner.

"I was delighted because I want to get as many games and goals as I can and help the club move towards promotion if I possibly can.

"And I'm really looking forward to playing at the McAlpine and in front of our own fans if I get the chance on Saturday.

"It's a great stadium - I've played there a couple of times in the Reserves - the lads play in front of big crowds and, if I can get another goal to help us win, then I'll be very happy."

Abbott's goal was his third in senior football this season and came on his return from Poland, where he gained exemption from national service (he has dual nationality and plays for the Polish Under 21 side).

"It wasn't the best preparation, especially as I've only been playing Reserve team football at Preston of late, but hopefully I can play a lot better in the games to come and stay on the scoresheet," he added.

"Everyone would have been gutted if we had lost, but to come away with a point was a bonus after the way things went and we are very confident now that we can improve against Lincoln and hopefully take the points."

Andy Booth (back), Efe Sodje (knee) and Nathan Clarke (knee) were injured last night in front of 6,262 at the Bristol rugby ground, where the fixture was originally washed out almost three weeks ago.

Steve Yates returned to his first club, but Town missed out on a fifth successive win to equal a mark set way back in 1924-25.

"We were absolutely shocking and Rovers were far more competitive than we were," said Jackson today.

"I couldn't believe we never got close to them, I don't remember us stringing two passes together and we didn't create a clear-cut chance in the whole game.

"Considering that, I was absolutely delighted to come home with a point and it was great for Pav to score the goal, because he is filling some big boots with Mr Stead gone.

"I brought him in to score goals, though, and he has proved in his first 45 minutes that he can do it.

"He earned a point for us when we weren't playing well and, when we get to the end of the season, that could be a very vital point indeed."

Town had 496 fans at the game and Jackson added: "That's a brilliant following for a Saturday, never mind a midweek game.

"I am only glad we gave them something to cheer in the end because they had had nothing before then, and when you think we had over 600 at Torquay it is an absolutely tremendous show of backing for the team."

 Match report