It’s Friday, it’s later than we intended to be bringing it to you. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for Paul Raven’s Newsround, as the ex-Rover brings you up to date with events at the Keepmoat Stadium from the past week.
Jordan Ball came across as pleasantly grounded when talking with the official club website about his debut goal against Chesterfield on Tuesday night; the youth team graduate coming from the bench to score with his first ever touch for the Rovers. “This week has been a bit weird really. I had been on loan at Belper and that came to an end [Monday]. The gaffer told me that I would be involved in the game so I trained with the first team as I usually do during the week. I didn’t really realise that I would be on the bench until about five minutes before kickoff! It took a while to sink in but the nerves didn’t really kick in until I was stood on the touchline next to the gaffer and Brian ready to come on. I got amongst the goals at Belper and really enjoyed it but towards the end of my spell I didn’t really play as much as I wanted to, lucky I could come back here and I got my chance – I really enjoyed it.”
In the wake of Ball’s goal on Tuesday night we launched a sweepstake via our twitter feed. How long after the game would it be before the first “Saunders; I told you youngsters would get their chance” story appeared. The correct answer proved to be about 35 hours before The Star gushed ‘Saunders Keeps His Promise’; “The Welshman declared on his appointment last September that one of his priorities would be bringing young players at the club through to first team level and said he looked forward to a time when the club’s first-team regularly contained a sprinkling of home-grown talent. He has proved to be a man of his word.”
Yep, that’s right Saunders has thrown a youngster into a match in the early rounds of a cup when other more senior players weren’t at his disposal, thus apparently proving a statement made a full year ago. The piece went on to quote Saunders offering young players the encouragement; “they’ll get a chance if they are good enough.” Truly revolutionary thinking.
Belles Sound at the End
The Doncaster Rovers Belles ended their second FA Women’s Super League campaign in winning ways with victory over Liverpool on Sunday. After a terrible start to the season the Belles seem to have found their rhythm of late, and followed up an impressive performance against Champions Arsenal with a hard fought 2-0 victory over the reds. Beth England and Aine O’Gorman were on the scoresheet whilst Mary Earps continued to impress in goal for the Belles, and collected a deserved clean sheet. Highlights of the game can be viewed at the foot of this page.
A few ex-Rovers have been called up to their respective national sides ahead of the current round of international fixtures. Both Dean Shiels and David Healy are in the Northern Ireland squad to face Portugal and Turkey, whilst fanzine favourite Mustapha Dumbuya is back on duty for Sierra Leone.
Non-League Day 2012
This Saturday is the third annual non-league day, an initiative launched to encourage fans of Premier and Football League clubs to support their local non-league sides during the international break. As ever the fanzine is supporting the initiative and we’ve produced a guide to games involving the local non-league sides to provide you with somewhere to go if you’re not off to Hartlepool which you can find here. If you’re an exile then why not take a look at the Non-League Day website for details of a game near you, and adopt your local grassroots team.
Rovers began promoting their Big Bang Firework Spectacular this week. One story on the official club website began; “Doncaster Rovers are hoping to make November the fifth a night to remember.” We think Guy Fawkes may’ve beaten them to it to be honest.