There’s a lot to like about Leyton Orient; community club, old-school away stand, and in my case, little over half hour from my door. As such, finding their net four times, whilst they battle their very existence, felt somewhat like prodding a poorly puppy. But, whilst we will feel sympathy and empathy with their plight, we shouldn’t miss every opportunity to revel in this very good Doncaster side. Continue reading “Leyton Orient 1-4 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report”
Though I don’t get to as many home Rovers games as I’d like; selling fanzines before the game helps give a good barometer of the likely outcome. The doom and desperation of last season has been replaced with a happy assuredness. Leyton Orient were there for the taking. Continue reading “Doncaster Rovers 3-1 Leyton Orient: 250 word match report”
After accidentally buying a pair of kids’ gloves from the club shop, I arrived in the ground three minutes late, to be greeted by Jed Steer picking the ball out of the net and a huddle of celebrating blue shirts.
Rovers responded quite well and had most of the ball in the first half. Twice they came close to equalising; first when a goal mouth scramble saw a close range shot cleared off the line and secondly when some comedy goalkeeping from former Rover Gary Woods ended in the ball bouncing over his head only for Nathan Tyson to see his shot blocked.
Orient were dangerous on the counter attack, and worryingly still looked the more likely to score. Harry Forrester, already booked, was lucky to stay on the pitch after raising his hands following a bad tackle just before half time.
Ten minutes into the second half Forrester was duly hauled off for Kyle Bennett, and just as Rovers started to take control local boy Darius Henderson crashed a 25 yard strike past a despairing Steer.
The introduction of Curtis Main for Marc De Val on the hour mark added an attacking impetus but the best efforts of Jamie Coppinger, Richie Wellens, Tyson and Bennett were undermined by some comedy defending, particularly from the woeful (albeit out of position) Reece Wabara.
A couple of late Bennett pot shots and a half-hearted appeal for a penalty for hand-ball were ultimately all Rovers had to show for another disappointing night.
by Rob Johnson
In issue 62 of popular STAND fanzine, Kerrang! magazine editor James McMahon explained how he came to be a Doncaster Rovers fan with a season ticket… for Leyton Orient. Continue reading “On Supporting Two Clubs”