MATCH REPORT: Stevenage (H)

Stevenage had not faced Doncaster Rovers since 2002 when both sides were still Conference teams.

The Hertfordshire side has quickly risen through the leagues since their 1974 formation. They are currently in their second successive League One campaign and have started the season brightly. Away from home, Stevenage had not yet dropped a point away from home until they met Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Match Action

First Half

Both sides began the game brightly, and David Syers had the first effort. His shot was saved by Stevenage keeper Chris Day. Despite this, it was the visitors who took the lead. Mark Roberts swung in a corner which was met by debutant OLIVER RISSER who nodded past an outstretched Gary Woods.

Rovers were unlucky to be a goal behind as the half went on. David Cotterill saw a number of his efforts go wide while ‘Boro’s’ Filipe Morais’ thumping effort missed right of the goal.

David Syers was quickest to latch onto Chris Day’s parry and slot home but the linesman on the East touchline controversially flagged the midfielder offside, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

A drab first half saw Doncaster Rovers enter the break behind following a poor performance.

Half Time

Rovers 0-1 Stevenage

Second Half

Rovers conceded a number of free kicks at the beginning of the second period but the visitors failed to add to their advantage. The hosts improved as the half went on and the introduction of James Harper and Iain Hume shocked Rovers into life and they were the side that looked most likely to score. They did score in the 79th minute.

David Cotterill swung in a free kick from near the corner flag, finding Rob Jones on the far post. Jones headed back across goal and David Cotterill again sent the ball into the middle, this time finding CHRIS BROWN who fired home. Poor defending from the visitors allowed the goal.

Stevenage attacked again straight from the restart and almost regained their lead but Lucas Akins’ effort was cleared off the line by Rovers’ skipper Rob Jones.

A hectic few moments then saw Chris Brown almost snatch the lead. The striker chested the ball down with his back to goal before turning and volleying towards goal. Day managed to make a block to secure the draw.

Full Time

Rovers 1-1 Stevenage

Rovers are the first side to have taken any points from Stevenage away from home so far this season. The draw leaves Rovers in 12th while Stevenage have dropped to 3rd.

Attendance – 5,910 Referee – P. Gibbs

Vikingsbloggen MOTM – David Cotterill Match Rating – 5/10 Atmosphere Rating – 5/10

Line-Ups

Doncaster Rovers

G. Woods

Quinn Jones McCombe Spurr

Cotterill Syers Keegan M.Woods Bennett

Brown

And on the bench… Maxted, Husband (Bennett – 63), Martis, Blake, Hume (M. Woods – 55), Harper (Keegan – HT).

Goalscorer – Brown – 79

Stevenage FC

Day

Comminges Roberts Ashton Gray

Risser

Akins Dunne Grant Morais

Haber

And on the bench… Arnold, Charles (Haber – 90), Tansey (Morais – 75), Freeman, Lopez, N’Gala, Shroot.

Goalscorer – Risser – 16

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