Stockport County 0-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report

Action from Stockport County vs Doncaster Rovers. Viewed from the Railway End terrace behind the goal, Doncaster in green are on the attack towards the camera against County in blue; the big grandstand behind the opposite goal looks full. The sky is grey and the floodlights are on.

When you show absolutely no signs of scoring yourself I suppose the best you can achieve is managing to stop the opposition finding the net. And that is what Rovers achieved at Edgeley Park. 

That they did owed much to a solid rearguard performance led by a circa-2019 Tom Anderson, and bolstered by Jonathan Mitchell. Pre-match I’d astounded Rovers fans in the pub by saying Mitchell was a fine ‘keeper. Nice to have your opinions backed up. On the only two real occasions Doncaster’s defence was breached Mitchell produced excellent saves; clawing a Ryan Rydal header out the top corner in the first half, and flying to his right to push away a similar Kyle Wootton effort in the second.

Rovers own attacking endeavours had been non-existent; a lack of first-half confidence epitomised by Luke Molyneux’s willingness to run a safer wing-to-wing route rather than drive at goal. At half-time Danny Schofield had seemingly reminded his charges why there were sets of posts at both ends of the field, and Rovers fashioned a couple of chances; Kyle Hurst seeing an effort smothered, and Harrison Biggins unlucky to be denied by a fine block. But that’s all there was.

Stockport had looked bright in the opening 20 minutes, but soon degenerated into nowt special. That they’re in the play-off positions and Rovers a steady mid-table reflects how little there is between teams in this division. Take your chances for a few weeks and you’re on promotion form; don’t and you’re just another side in a slosh of indifference. Still, least the rain held off.

by Glen Wilson

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