Doncaster Rovers celebrated ten eventful years at the Keepmoat Stadium with a deserved yet largely uneventful victory over Stevenage.
There was welcome news before kick-off as Connor Grant returned on loan from Everton to bolster Rovers’ already impressive midfield options. Grant went straight in to the starting eleven and was joined there by James Coppinger as the Rovers captain returned from suspension.
Despite an abundance of creative players and plenty of possession, Rovers struggled to fashion many clear opportunities against a well organised Stevenage who had won their last six away league games.
John Marquis saw a header comfortably saved early on before Grant curled a free kick wide of the post. The visitors rarely threatened, with the experienced Michael Tonge shooting high and wide just before half-time with one of their very few chances.
The second half followed a similar pattern. Harry Middleton’s effort was deflected on to the crossbar and Marquis saw his shot drift wide as Stevenage continued to frustrate their hosts.
Doncaster eventually took the lead in the 85th minute with a goal that is unlikely to be remembered by many when the Keepmoat reaches its next milestone anniversary. Tommy Rowe, as he so often does, created space in the box before driving the ball across goal and whilst Stevenage’s Fraser Franks attempted to clear, he instead sent the ball trickling over the line.
Rovers comfortably defended their lead in the final minutes, securing a valuable win that sent them to the top of League Two.