Despite the weekend’s disappointment and an ever-growing injury list, Rovers named an unchanged starting eleven for the visit of Chesterfield and former manager Dean Saunders, still yet to convince the Spirite faithful. Continue reading Doncaster Rovers 3-0 Chesterfield; 250 word match report
This game started in peculiar fashion as Rovers flew out the traps much quicker than Chesterfield to take an early lead; an unmarked Jamie Coppinger found the top corner after being sent clear by Luke McCullough on three minutes. Continue reading Chesterfield 2-2 Doncaster Rovers: 250 word match report
A pleasantly mild but satisfyingly moist afternoon greeted the teams like a buxom barmaid, eager to please. Rovers’ recent form has been fairly flaccid, but after a quick toss the match started with Rovers – kicking towards the North Stand’s seething Chesterfield mass – passing it about like Milan in the late 80s.
Six minutes on the watch and Rovers were ahead; Nathan Tyson pouncing on a rebound.
Midway through the half Saturday Santa was spotted on his way to the toilet, unbuttoning his pockets as he went.
On thirty-three minutes it was 2-0, thanks to a gazelle-like Richie Wellens crossing for Kyle Bennet to crash in off the crossbar.
In the half’s dying embers Chesterfield were all over Rovers like a cheap suit and Sam Clucas pulled one back whilst the linesman looked sheepishly on.
Half-time and pork pies all round.
James Coppinger was always a threat, hugging the touchline like DLT at Granada Studios, and on forty-nine minutes rattled the post with a rasping drive.
Shortly after it was 3-1; Jamie McCombe reacting first to stab home after good work from Coppinger.
Chesterfield were back in it on the hour, the prolific Eoin Doyle prodding home an almighty scramble.
The Spirerites’ tails were really wagging and the final ten minutes were as exciting as you could hope for with both sides pressing for another goal.
A wasted chance at the death didn’t enhance Theo Robinson’s reputation, but Rovers had their win and Paul Dickov’s hair was safe for another week.
by Stu Leyland
A somewhat surprise bit of early summer transfer news as Sam Hird leaves Rovers for League Two Chesterfield, signing a two-year deal with the Spirites. Doncaster-born Hird has played over 150 games for Rovers since his initial loan spell from Leeds United back in 2007, the vast majority of them in the second tier. Hird got his break in the Rovers side towards the end of the 2007-08 season courtesy of injuries to Gordon Greer, Adam Lockwood and Stephen Roberts and never looked back, keeping captain Lockwood out of the side for the 2008 play-off final.
Capable of playing in defence or in a holding midfield Sam had been nicknamed ‘der Kaiser’ by the fanzine, after an impressive performance at Vicarage Road on the opening day of the 2009-10 season in which he not only marshalled the back-line but pinged passes about for fun. A very capable and talented player, at times last season he looked Rovers best asset and so his decision to drop to the fourth tier is a perplexing one given he clearly has the potential to play much higher.
You can’t fault Hird for seeking a solid future elsewhere, and we of course wish him well, but the move also highlights Rovers’ own incapacity in relation to transfers at present. Unable to offer deals to players they wish to keep unless existing players are purchased and taken elsewhere the club is currently marooned by the side of the transfer road and flashing a bit of leg (or Jamie Coppinger) in the hope that a perspective suitor will come and get us moving again. This could prove to be just the start of interesting summer.