A cold, snowy Shropshire greeted Rovers as they travelled to face League One’s surprise packages. The first half can be summed up quickly: Rovers were constipated in attack, vulnerable in defence and lucky to be trailing only to Mat Sadler’s 21st minute goal. Things looked even grimmer on 52 minutes as Shrewsbury doubled their lead when Carlton Morris hooked in following a corner. Continue reading “Shrewsbury Town 2-2 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
I should have known everything was going to be fine when the CD player in the car kicked in with Good Times, Chic’s much-sampled hymn to happy days. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Rochdale: 250 word match report”
Doncaster Rovers produced an excellent display to overcome Scunthorpe United in a pulsating FA Cup tie. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Scunthorpe United: 250 word match report”
Depleted Rovers secured their fourth League win of the campaign, beating Portsmouth in a game that contained enough drama for its own mini-series. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Portsmouth: 250 word match report”
Rovers slipped to a second successive away defeat, failing to score for the third game in a row.
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Records, they say, are made to be broken: I write this on a weekend when Wayne Rooney has equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s goal tally for Manchester United. Rooney will soon break that record, I’m sure, but in these days of sporting specialisation no-one will match one particular record with a strong Doncaster Rovers connection. I refer to the events of Monday 15 September 1975, when one man became the only one to play in a County Championship cricket match and a Football League fixture on the same day. Continue reading “Chris Balderstone, the last great footballing cricketer”
Rovers showed three changes from the side that drew at Colchester; Joe Wright and Alfie May returning and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair making his first start of the season. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Blackpool; 250 word match report”
A goal ten minutes from time by Alfie May, his first in professional football, secured Rovers a valuable point against a rugged Luton Town side.
Rovers showed one change from the team that lost at Carlisle – Andy Butler replacing Joe Wright – and they started well. A searing run from Matty Blair ending with a cross that evaded everyone, then Tommy Rowe cut in from the left with a shot that deflected wide.
However, Luton’s pressing began to take effect and their physical approach disturbed Rovers’ rhythm. In centre-forward Danny Hylton they had a throwback to the old days of bruising No.9s, and referee Darren Deadman’s failure to get to grips with Hylton’s over-robust play was a source of frustration to fans and players alike.
Both sides turned round goalless, but Luton soon went ahead. Niall Mason’s loose clearance reached Isaac Vassell who sent Jordan Cook away on the right and his fierce low drive gave Ian Lawlor no chance.
Worse was to follow when the influential Jordan Houghton was forced off with a nasty looking knee injury. With Rovers struggling to create, Darren Ferguson sent on May and the returning Gary McSheffrey.
The changes paid off on 80 minutes when McSheffrey won a challenge and fed Conor Grant. His pinpoint pass sent May through on goal and he beat Matt Macey with a crisp low shot. McSheffrey might have won it when he fired just over late on, but the point gained keeps Rovers eleven points clear of fourth place.
by John Coyle
Winning promotions usually comes down to winning closely-fought matches where grit and determination trumps flair. This was a case in point. There wasn’t a lot between Rovers and struggling County, but it was Rovers who found enough to take three vital points. Continue reading “Notts County 0-1 Doncaster Rovers; 250 word match report”
This game may not have been of the highest quality but it contained more drama than a whole series of Game of Thrones. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Hartlepool United; 250 word match report”