Jack Peat set out to tackle this season’s most pressing question; why weren’t Rovers relegated sooner?
In all my years of watching Rovers, I can recall only a handful that have felt as abysmal as this one. Indeed, off-field matters excluded, this has probably been the worst. Performances both home and away have been uninspiring. Players have struggled to gel. Any positive moments have been fleeting and all too often dissipated in the same puff of smoke in which they appeared. It has been tough, and few people reading these pages will need reminding of that, but what has been most perplexing of all in my view is that we weren’t put out of our misery sooner.
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Picture yourself in a seaside arcade. At the front are the grabbers, which snap frantically at thin air and seldom wield results. In the middle is the boxing machine that gets repeatedly thrashed and at the back are the coin pushing machines which always look like they’re going to pay out, but never do. That is the evolution of Doncaster Rover’s season so far.
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If Kent truly is the Garden of England, then Gillingham is the bit down the side of the shed. The bit you forget about and cover sight of with a big plant pot. I hate it. Continue reading “Gillingham 1-3 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Within 25 minutes, Doncaster found themselves two goals behind to underdog Gillingham, and a repeat of the 0-4 loss to Fleetwood of a fortnight ago looked to be on the cards. For the second consecutive game, the home fans had been rendered speechless, whilst the revelry of a few coach-loads of bemused travelling fans carried across the Keepmoat Stadium. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 3-3 Gillingham: 250 word match report”
On occasion, assuming you’re of sound mind, you’ll find yourself wondering why you bother. Why do you spend so much money, expel so much effort, give up so many hours and days of your life to travel to towns you’d otherwise never entertain the idea of visiting? Usually, that occasion is Gillingham away.
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Among Rovers fans I’d spoken to there was a clear consensus on where the team’s strengths and weaknesses lie going into this season. Good going forward, but with a defence that could lapse into a Laurel & Hardy sketch at any given moment. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Gillingham: 250 word match report”
A pre-match power-cut delivered a surreal warm up without music or announcements, during which Nathan Tyson and Harry Middleton both sustained injuries. When Rory Donnelly volleyed home Gillingham’s opener less than ten minutes in, one could be forgiven for thinking this wasn’t Rovers’ day. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Gillingham; 250 word match report”
You hear ‘goal out of nothing’ often at football matches; rarely has it been more fitting than Rovers’ opener here. The surprise at Harry Forrester’s free-kick finding the net being emphatically magnified by the forty minutes of vacuous wind-disrupted nonsense of twenty-two men repeatedly failing to control a football which had preceded it. Continue reading “Gillingham 1-1 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Take this game out of the context of the season thus far and it would simply be a frustrating 90 minutes. One in which Rovers dominated possession, and had the more efforts on goal, but were picked off by an away side who dug in and seized upon two mistakes. Those games happen. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 1-2 Gillingham: 250 word match report”