Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Barrow: 250 word match report

Rovers came into this, a first home Football League match against Barrow since 1971, on the back of victories and two clean sheets.

Rovers made one enforced change from Saturday; Tommy Rowe replacing Tom Anderson who had a minor complaint. And it was Rovers, with their new found confidence, who started brightest with some crisp passing moves. James Brown saw a cross-come-shot land on the roof of the Barrow net, whilst George, Miller headed narrowly wide from a Charlie Lakin free-kick that was later deemed offside.

Rovers kept the effective passing going and in the 18th minute the goal came; the ball passed out from the edge of the Rovers box all the way to Barrow’s where Brow crossed for James Maxwell. His initial header was blocked but fell kindly at his feet for him to slot in his second goal for the club. Before half-time Luke Molyneux came close to doubling the lead with two rasping drives, one which grazed the top of the bar.

The second half started with Barrow having most of the possession, but not really threatening the Rovers goal until around the hour mark when Billy Waters’ shot was saved by Jonathan Mitchell at his near post. Ged Garner then missed a couple of chances for the visitors before Kyle Hurst shot straight at the keeper at the other end. Barrow pushed for an equaliser, but Rovers held on for another win and another clean sheet. Perhaps, just maybe, we have turned a corner.

by Danny Dickinson

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