Doncaster Rovers secured their third league win on a glorious day in the South East. A wonder goal from David Cotterill early in the first half and an own goal from Colchester’s Andy Bond early in the second ensured the victory.
There was a good following from Rovers fans in Colchester, and many took advantage of the summery conditions to enjoy a drink in the U’s outdoor area with entertainment from a local band.
Colchester took the kick off, but Rovers soon gained position and attacked the hosts’ goal. David Cotterill’s corner was cleared in the second minute and it was Cotterill that grabbed the lead for Rovers only a minute later. A cross from Bennett was caught by Cousins in the Colchester goal, only for him to throw the ball straight to Paul Quinn. Quinn laid the ball off to COTTERILL who sent a curling shot over Cousins from the edge of the area. A fantastic start for Rovers.
David Syers had Rovers’ next attempt on goal, but his left footed strike went wide of the target.
After an early attacking display from Rovers, Colchester began to get into the game. They passed the ball well and started creating opportunities to bring the scores level. The eventually found the net in the 23rd minute. Freddie Sears did well to control the ball in a crowded penalty area, and found MAGNUS OKUONGHAE who drilled through a forest of legs. His shot hit both posts before crossing the line.
Half time saw the sides level, with Colchester dominating the closing moments.
Colchester 1-1 Rovers
The second half started brightly for the visitors, and they soon regained the lead. Rovers were awarded a free kick 30 yards from goal. Cotterill floated the ball into the box, only for Colchester’s ANDY BOND to nod past Cousins in the United goal. The goal came in the 48th minute.
Both sides had chances throughout the remainder of the half, and Colchester came close on several occasions. Rovers failed to score a third but hung onto the lead and were deserved winners come full time.
Colchester 1-2 Rovers
The win puts Doncaster Rovers into 9th position in the League One table while Colchester sit in bottom spot, yet to win this season.
Attendance – 3,262 Referee – G. Sutton
Vikingsbloggen MOTM – Chris Brown Match Rating – 7/10 Atmosphere Rating – 5/10
Wilson Okuonghae Eastman Rose
Bean Izzet Bond
Henderson Sears Massey
And on the bench… Pentney, Heath, Duguid, O’Toole, Morrison (Bond – 63), Wordsworth(Izzet – 74), White.
Goalscorer – Okuonghae – 30
Quinn Jones McCombe Spurr
Cotterill Syers Keegan M.Woods
And on the bench… Sullivan, Husband (Bennett – 71), Martis, Blake, Hume (Brown – 82), Harper (Syers – 77).
Goalscorers – Cotterill – 3, Bond O.G. – 48