So here we are then, one week into the season and already a Rovers free Saturday as Wigan Athletic are otherwise engaged playing the role of the Washington Generals for the Manchester Globetrotters in the Charity Shield. So what do you do?
Well, you could sit in front of the sofa all afternoon watching middle-aged men you don’t argue about the merits of matches they’re watching. Or you could get out of the house and spend your afternoon standing among middle-aged men arguing about the merits of football matches they’re watching. Start this season on a better foot; instead of putting money into Rupert Murdoch’s back pocket and fueling the hyperbole and the funds of the Premier League, stick your shoes on, go down the road, and put your money into football that matters more, the football of your community. Super Sundays and the Big Four don’t need your support; grassroots football in Doncaster does.
Whenever Rovers are away or out of action this season popular STAND will bring you a list of local footballing alternatives; places where you can not only watch football ‘live and in 3D’, but smell it and taste it and get hit by a wayward clearance from it too. Forget what Sky’s band of suited drones tell you, this is football and it needs you. Here’s this week’s games to go to.
Northern Counties East League
Retford United vs Barton Town Old Boys
One for the North Notts Rovers fans. The Badgers kick-off their 2013-14 season at their Canon Park home as they host North Lincolnshire side Barton Town Old Boys . Retford finished fourth last season and will be expecting to challenge again this season.
Kick-Off 3:00pm | Canon Park, Leverton Road, Retford, DN22 6QF
Hemsworth Miners Welfare vs Worsborough Bridge Athletic
A real big name fixture this one – 47 letters in total – as two Division One stalwarts face each other in the north of the borough. Both sides had solid mid-table seasons in 2012-13 so should be a relatively evenly matched fixture.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Fitzwilliam Stadium, Wakefield Road, Fitzwilliam, WF9 5BX
Rossington Main vs Dronfield Town
Since they hosted Doncaster Rovers last month Rossington’s pre-season has taken something of a blow with the departure of four key first team players; three joining Armthorpe and captain Shaun Pendleton heading to Osset. A tough test awaits Main as they host League newboys Dronfield Town at Oxford Street.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Oxford Street, Rossington, DN11 0TD
Central Midlands League
Bentley Colliery vs Thoresby C.W.
The game being played nearest to the town centre this weekend sees Bentley Colliery kick-off their 2013-14 Central Midlands League season against Thoresby C.W. from Edwinstoe.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Victoria Ground, The Avenue, Bentley, DN5 0PN
Brodsworth Welfare vs Clay Cross Town
Brodsworth are looking to mount a return to the Northern Counties East League this season after a number of campaigns down in the Central Midlands League. One of the divisional favourites Clay Cross Town should test their aspirations.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | The Welfare, Fourth Avenue, Woodlands, DN6 7PP
Harworth Colliery Institute vs Phoenix
Harworth are quietly confident of a promising season in the Central Midlands League North Division, especially after a 6-1 win in a pre-season friendly with Rossington Main the other week. They kick-off their campaign against Sheffield side Phoenix.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JN
Frickley Athletic vs North Ferriby United
They’re still not ready to get underway in the Northern Premier League, but you can still catch an entertaining friendly beneath the South Elmsall spoil as Athletic host last seasons champions North Ferriby United.
Kick-Off: 3:00pm | Westfield Lane Stadium, Westfield Lane, South Elmsall, WF9 2EQ