Yeovil were in top position going into Saturday’s meeting with Rovers, beating Brentford, Scunthorpe and Colchester already.
Yeovil have always been a ‘bogey team’ of sorts for Rovers, having risen from the Conference to League One together.
Iain Hume was on the bench for the game, having signed on loan the afternoon before. James Coppinger had left to join Forest on loan during the journey down to Somerset and was therefore unavailable.
Former Rovers’ players James Hayter and Byron Webster were in the Yeovil starting line up.
Match Action – First Half
Rovers kicked off and attacked the Yeovil goal straight away but Chris Brown’s effort missed the target. Yeovil were next to attack but also failed to make an impact.
The hosts had the better of the opening stages, catching Rovers on the break on several occasions. A cross from Luke Ayling was headed onto the crossbar by Reuben Reid before eventually being cleared by the Rovers’ defense.
The first half ended with the scores level at 0-0, although Yeovil looked the more likely to score.
At the break
YEOVIL 0-0 ROVERS
Match Action – Second Half
It wasn’t long in the second half before the first goal was scored. Rob Jones was forced wide to fill in for out of position Tommy Spurr before Reuben Reid sent in an inviting cross. JAMES HAYTER was on hand to head home from six yards against his former club. The goal came in the 56th minute.
Edward Upson almost made it 2-0 two minutes later from outside the box but missed right of the target and a diving Gary Woods.
The hosts continued to attack and each time Rovers got the ball anywhere near Yeovil’s goal, they struggled to get a shot away.
Yeovil’s second goal came on 84 minutes. Kyle Bennett mistimed a header back, setting up GOZIE UGWU who chipped Woods who was running towards the striker.
Doncaster Rovers finally found the net in stoppage time and it came from their best piece of play from the whole encounter. Iain Hume crossed from the right, finding BILLY PAYNTER who slotted home his first goal in a Rovers’ shirt.
How it finished
YEOVIL 2-1 ROVERS
vikingsbloggen MOTM – Rob Jones. Referee – Dean Mohareb.
Attendance – 3,535. Match Rating – 4/10. Atmosphere Rating – 6/10.
How they lined up
Quinn Jones McCombe Spurr
Bennett M. Woods Syers Cotterill
And on the bench… Sullivan, Blake, Husband (M.Woods – 83), Harper (Brown – 60), Keegan, Hume (Bennett – 60).
Ayling Hinds Webster McAllister
Marsh-Brown Blizzard Upson Foley
And on the bench… Stewart, Raith, Ince, Nkumu, Young (Marsh-Brown – 72), Ugwu (Hayter – 79).