It’s been a long old month or so at Rovers; disappointing defeats, frustrating draws, injuries to key players. But just as you may’ve been about to lose hope Tuesday came with some welcome cheer. Yep, issue 99 of popular STAND fanzine had been successfully sent off to the printers. Oh, and Rovers beat Bristol Rovers 4-1. Again.
Swirling wind, an awful pitch which had more sand than Brighton beach; James Coppinger and Herbie Kane on the bench and John Marquis suspended – the omens were not good. Continue reading “Blackpool 1-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
You’d have been forgiven for thinking we were in the delights of spring at the sun drenched Glanford Park on Saturday lunchtime. Rovers clearly wanted to make hay while the sun shone, as they started brightly in the first half. Continue reading “Scunthorpe United 1-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Yes, that’s right this fanzine has a podcast. Still. After an extended period on gardening leave podular STAND has finally been risen from its slumber by FA Cup Fever. Not only has Doncaster Rovers’ best FA Cup run in over 60 years brought excitement to the town, it’s also managed to bring three of our regular contributors around a microphone for an hour. Continue reading “podular STAND podcast: the FA Cup fever episode”
It was all about the narrative as a Darren Ferguson returned to the Keepmoat. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Peterborough United: 250 word match report”
One word sums up Rovers’ performance in the first twenty-five minutes of this game – awful. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Burton Albion: 250 word match report”
Doncaster Rovers began 2019 with an almost flawless victory against Rochdale which can scarcely be described in just 250 words. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 5-0 Rochdale: 250 word match report”
It was a Boxing Day slog in the fog for Rovers who were beaten 3-0 by Fleetwood Town at a misty Highbury. The win gave the Cod Army the double over Rovers on the season, with a combined score of 7-0. Continue reading “Fleetwood Town 3-0 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
The hands of Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies denied Doncaster Rovers their 28th win over their local rivals. Davies’ added-time wonder save from James Coppinger’s close-range effort ensured both sides shared the spoils in this feisty South Yorkshire derby.
Rovers edged both halves, performing well in all areas. In particular, Niall Mason and Matty Blair played out of their skins in defence, showing just how versatile and important they are for this squad.
The Tykes came into the game towards the end of the first half enjoying a spell with a few half-chances but Rovers gladly dealt with them.
The second half sprang into life when, in the 52nd minute, Herbie Kane headed into action, nodding home a nicely weighted cross delivered by Coppinger to give Rovers a deserved lead.
For the next ten minutes Rovers defended well but were unfortunately pegged back when Cauley Woodrow, who had only been on the pitch for three minutes, was first to react to the flick-on, poking the ball past Ian Lawlor.
Barnsley stepped up a gear following the goal, but could not make it count and from then on Rovers dominated the game with brilliant chances for Alfie May and Coppinger unfortunately coming to nothing.
The final moments of the game saw Coppinger have the chance to win it for Rovers, after Kane did well to cut the ball back to him. However, Davies spread himself well and saved to earn his side, with all things considered, a very good point.
by Josh Dainty
Make no mistake Chorley had a chance to make round two, but that was on 11 November and they failed to take it. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 7-0 Chorley: 250 word match report”