Wycombe Wanderers 3-2 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Doncaster Rovers fans watch the closing stages of their team's 2-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park

Rovers have never taken so much of a point away from Wycombe’s Adams Park, but when Tommy Rowe put them 2-0 up with twenty minutes left, it seemed they were certain to finally leave this corner of Buckinghamshire with the points.

However, they reckoned without a storming finish from the home side. On 77 minutes Paris Cowan-Hall pulled back a goal shooting through a crowded penalty area. As normal time expired Curtis Thompson arrowed a drive from the edge of the area into the bottom corner of Ian Lawlor’s goal. Six minutes of stoppage time hardly eased Rovers’ nerves, and in the fifth minute of it Wycombe earned the winner, Cowan-Hall looping a header over Lawlor after the ball was allowed to bounce around in the Rovers box.

It all seemed so different earlier in the day. In the first half Matty Blair shot wide under pressure after running from his own half with the ball. After the break Mallik Wilks spurned two good chances, first shooting into the side netting and then rolling the ball agonisingly wide.

Rovers finally took the lead on the hour, James Coppinger’s pinpoint cross allowing John Marquis to slam home his 20th goal of the season, his 16th in the League. Ten minutes later Marquis turned provider, seizing on a loose ball and pulling it back for substitute Rowe to score. It all seemed to be going swimmingly for Rovers; then the roof fell in.

by John Coyle

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