October 5, 2015
McCullough called up for Euro games
Rovers defender Luke McCullough has been called up by Northern Ireland for their Euro 2016 qualifying game against Greece on Thursday at Windsor Park, with a game against Finland in Helsinki three days later.
McCullough was recalled to the squad after making a surprise return to first team action for Rovers against Barnsley on Saturday, with Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill making the decision after West Bromwich Albion pair Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley both being injured in their game against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Evans has a hamstring injury, and McAuley a calf injury, and both are rated as doubtful at the moment.
Northern Ireland can qualify for the Euro 2016 finals if they beat Greece on thursday - two draws from this week's games would also be enough for them to make it to their first major tournament since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Ex-Rover David Cotterill could miss out on playing for Wales after "tweaking" his hamstring while playing for Birmingham City in their win over Leeds United on Saturday.
Blues boss Gary Rowett confirmed: "Dave Cotterill just tweaked his hamstring and I think he will struggle."
October 5, 2015
Jones delighted with impact of subs
Caretaker boss Rob Jones was delighted at the effect all three of his substitutions made in Saturday's home game against Barnsley.
All three worked and directly led to Rovers scoring their late winning goal and gave Jones his first three point haul in charge.
He told the Doncaster Star: "Copps was ill all last night and this morning, but Coppinger being Coppinger, he puts his hand up and says he wants to play. He just ran out of gas."
"Harry Middleton came on and I thought he was terrific. James Horsfield has played two games in four days and ran out of gas. Taylor-Sinclair came on and we brought Evina onto the right to nullify Harris’s pace, which he did. Sinclair did really well."
"And then Liam Mandeville came on for Dany [N’Guessan] who ran out of gas too. I’ve had to make three subs because the players are giving me everything they’ve got. That’s all I ask of them. Liam actually makes the goal. His movement takes Nyatanga away and creates that space for Chaplow to score. All three subs came on and made a difference and that’s what I want.”
October 5, 2015
O'Driscoll still at Anfield
Former Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll remains at Liverpool this morning, despite the sacking of first team boss Brendan Rodgers an hour after yesterday's 1-1 draw against Everton.
O'Driscoll was brought in by Rodgers in the summer as his number two, so it will be interesting to see whether he will be retained by the new manager, whoever that may be. But for the moment, it will be O'Driscoll, assisted by coach Gary McAllister, who will take training today.
He left his job as England Under-19s manager to join Liverpool in July.
October 5, 2015
Rovers U18s 2 Rochdale U18s 0
The youth team comfortably beat their counterparts from Rochdale on Saturday to progress into the third round of the Youth Alliance Cup, with a brace from Joe Pugh proving to be the difference.
Rovers went into the game on the back of a 3-3 draw against Chesterfield a week earlier, and were on the attack from the start, but despite having the better chances, the first half ended goalless.
It took until the 64th minute for Rovers to take the lead, with some poor defending by Rochdale giving Pugh the ball 25 yards from goal, and he caught the goalkeeper off-guard with a snap shot from distance that flew into the bottom right corner of the net.
Rovers doubled their lead with ten minutes to go with a free kick worked out on the training ground, with Pugh flicking the ball home from a low, drilled free kick. A two goal lead was sufficient for Rovers to comfortably see the match out despite a late flurry of chances for Rochdale, and the visitors could have pulled a goal back after a long punt down field by the goalkeeper was lobbed over the bar when the Rochdale striker could have done better.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Greasley, Carberry, Willamson, Barker, Mbuti, Parkin, Longbottom (Henderson 85'), Pugh, McCormick, Linley
Substitutes not used: Fielding, Jones, Walker
Rochdale: Dyche, Chea (Gilam 58'), Scherah, Smalley, Coyne, Kisimba, Prescott (Price 58'), Berry, Pratt, Mata, Stewart
Substitutes not used: Piggott, Evans, Collins
October 4, 2015
Rovers 2 Barnsley 1
Doncaster Rovers grabbed their first three point haul since the departure of Paul Dickov, and it came in dramatic circumstances, with the winner coming in stoppage time of the second half, with Barnsley being made to pay dearly for not converting possession into goals.
Rob Jones bravely elected to change the Rovers' formation to 4-3-3, with N'Guessan, Anderson and Williams forming a three-pronged attack, with Coppinger, Wellens and Chaplow in midfield. Luke McCullough made a surprise return to action in central defence, replacing the injured Jones. On-loan Oscar Gobern was, perhaps surprisingly, left out of the squad altogether, with Liam Mandeville recalled to the match day sixteen.
In a first half with few chances, it took the instinctive predatory instincts of Keshi Anderson to break the deadlock, with his strike putting Rovers ahead in the 35th minute. Barnsley gained more possession than Rovers in the first half, but failed to seriously trouble Thorsten Stuckmann in the Rovers goal.
The start of the second half was delayed when one of the referee's assistants was injured, but after five minutes, the match resumed, with Barnsley again having the early possession. Rovers were struggling to exert their influence on the game, and on the hour, the Rovers defence gave Winnall too much room to head home from a corner.
Rovers were only occasionally threatening the visitors' penalty area, and Barnsley made a triple substitution with two minutes to go in an effort to get the winning goal - but that tactic didn't work. Just when it looked as through Rovers would again have to settle for a draw, the winning goal came as Middleton slipped the ball through to Chaplow, who powerfully hammered the ball home to snatch all the points for Rovers, with the visitors having virtually no time to respond.
With other teams towards the bottom of the table also picking up points yesterday, Rovers are still in the bottom four, but at least they now have a chance of climbing a little in forthcoming matches.
October 4, 2015
What the managers said
A delighted Rob Jones praised his players after snatching a dramatic last minute victory against Barnsley at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday afternoon.
He told the Doncaster Star after the game: "I thought we earned it from start to finish. I thought the boys were terrific all the way through. Yes, the game started a little bit scrappy and a little bit cagey but it was a local derby. I thought we came out in the second half and we had a right go. The passion was there, the desire was there, and the willingness to run the extra yard was there. Everything from that second half in midweek [against Swindon] came to the fore. I’m delighted for them. They’ve listened and learned and taken in what I wanted them to do."
"Yes, there are still things to improve on – I’m a perfectionist. But today, to a man, they were fantastic. We kept going all the way to the end and we got our rewards. We were the better side."
Barnsley boss Lee Johnston told their official club web site: "I was pleased with the players' performance, I thought we ran the game from ten minutes onward. On another day we come out winning that game comfortably."
"The two goals were unfortunate. We didn’t stop a cross for the first and the second one is a poor one to concede. We tried to win the game. I thought we were unlucky not to nick one in the last ten minutes after the substitutions. We went for it and that didn’t lose us the game, but we have come out with a sucker-punch and no points."
October 4, 2015
Goals review
Today's review of goals scored by former Doncaster Rovers players begins in the Championship, where Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored twice, the second proving to be the winner in the 94th minute, for Queens Park Rangers in their 4-3 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
One rung down the league ladder in League One, Marc-Antoine Fortune scored from the penalty spot for Coventry City in their 3-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town. In the same division, Byron Webster scored for Millwall in their game at Peterborough United, but it was to no avail, as the Lions lost 5-3.
Finally in League One, Uche Ikpeazu scored Port Vale's second goal in their 2-1 home win over Sheffield United, which resulted in many Blades fans phoning "Praise or Grumble" on Radio Sheffield - and there were no 'praises' to be heard!
Dropping down into League Two, Billy Paynter scored for Hartlepool United in their 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Luton Town, while Jamie McCombe scored York City's second goal in their home game against Cambridge United. That put York, who could do with the points, 2-0 up and on the way to victory, but two goals for Cambridge in the last 20 minutes meant they had to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.
North of the border, Mustapha Dumbuya scored the middle goal for Partick Thistle in their 3-0 home win over Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League, and Dean Shiels scored for Rangers in their home Scottish Championship game against Falkirk, with the game ending 3-1 to the Glasgow club.
Dropping down into non-league football, Jon-Paul Pittman put Grimsby Town ahead in the 31st minute of their home game against Forest Green Rovers, only for another ex-Rover, Jon Parkin to equalise for the visitors three minutes later. The game ended 1-1.
Finally, in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, Rob O'Brien scored for Farsley Celtic in their home tie against Prescot Cables. The game ended with a 4-0 victory to Farsley.
October 3, 2015
Rovers v Barnsley
Caretaker boss Rob Jones will miss this afternoon's home game against Barnsley after limping off with a hamstring injury last Saturday. With Luke McCullough still injured, and Gary MacKenzie suspended, the only other option in defence seems to be to move Aaron Taylor-Sinclair across to centre back to partner Andy Butler, move Cedric Evina to left back and continue with the on-loan James Horsfield continuing at right back. In other areas of the team, Jones has more options, with Harry Forrester returning from injury last week, and Dany N'Guessan impressing as a substitute in the last game.
Curtis Main and Nathan Tyson are still injured and will not be considered for this afternoon's game.
Barnsley have a virtually fully-fit squad to select from, with winger Ryan Williams their only injury doubt.
Boss Lee Johnson could recall on-loan Arsenal midfielder Dan Crowley after he successfully came back from injury in Tuesday's game against Gillingham.
Rovers are likely to be facing former Rover Reece Wabara, who turned down the option to sign a new contract at Rovers in the summer and subsequently joined the Tykes.
October 3, 2015
This afternoon's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's local derby at the Keepmoat Stadium against Barnsley are:
Referee: Lee Mason
Assistant referees: Matthew Jones and Nick Hobbis
Fourth official: Darren Handley
October 3, 2015
Rovers update on manager search
Doncaster Rovers have issued a further update on their search for a new first team manager, but have not really given out any further details as to when the successful candidate will be announced. Previous statements have indicated that the shortlist was to be drawn up following the deadline for applications which was a week last Friday. Rovers confirmed yesterday that they hope to complete the process in the next ten days, which suggests that Rob Jones will definitely be in charge for Tuesday's Johnstone Paints Trophy game, but that could be his last game, with the Millwall game now being postponed, giving Rovers an eleven day gap until their next fixture, which should see the new full-time boss unveiled.
The Rovers statement read:
"As part of “In Rovers We Trust” Doncaster Rovers promised to keep supporters updated throughout the recruitment process of the first team manager position.
The club can confirm that the shortlist has been drawn up and that process is now complete."
"Amongst the shortlist are a mixture of managers who are currently not in employment and those that are currently employed in managerial roles. The calibre of the applications has been very high and the club are very pleased with all discussions to date. The club aim to appoint the best first team manager for the short, mid and most importantly long term of the football club."
"The club expect to conclude the recruitment process and select the new manager in the next ten days."
Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth is unlikely to get the job after yesterday denying any interest in the vacancy, insisting he was very happy at Wycombe.
A number of new names have appeared in the bookies' list - but whether they are fanciful guesses or someone knows something of who has applied, is anyone's guess.
Names near the top of the list include Rene Muelensteen, Jamie McNamara and Harry Kewell, with Shaun Derry also reported to be in with a good chance of he job. Derry was sacked by Notts County in March of this year and has just returned to the country after working in the United States.
October 2, 2015
Tyson improves after setback
Rovers striker Nathan Tyson is back on the road to recovery after suffering a set back just before he was due to return to training following his hamstring injury.
Nathan suffered a new muscle strain which delayed his plans, but has responded well to treatment and he should be back in training soon, although caretaker boss Rob Jones is reluctant to confirm when that may be.
He told the Doncaster Star: “Nathan’s had a setback. We’re just monitoring it at the moment. It’s disappointing. More for him than me because he’s worked tirelessly to get back to this point. We’ll see how he goes. Hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back in contention. It’s another strain. It’s not too bad. We’re monitoring it as the days go by."
October 2, 2015
Sean flattered by Torquay link
It all came to nothing, but former Rover Sean Joyce has said that he was flattered to be linked to the managerial vacancy at Torquay United, but insisted that he had made no approach about the job.
Joyce, a midfielder in his playing days, was linked with the Gulls as much as anything due to him having played over 150 games for the club between 1988 and 1993. However, he insisted that he is still happy at Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division club Bideford, where he has been in charge for no less than 17 years on a shoestring budget - something that may have appealed to Torquay, who are battling to stay financially afloat.
Sean told the North Devon Journal: "I played quite a few games for them and it's nice to be in the frame but there is nothing to report at the moment – it's just paper talk."
October 2, 2015
Adkins backs Rob
Sheffield United boss Nigel Adkins thinks that Rob Jones will make a good manager, with Nigel previously having been his boss at Scunthorpe United.
But he recognises the qualities that Jones has and feels that he would be a good appointment were Rovers to decide to promote from within.
Adkins told the Yorkshire Post ahead of last weekend's South Yorkshire derby: "Rob has been behind the scenes and done a lot of work at Doncaster Rovers for a couple of years now. From my point of view, we need to win a game of football, but defeat can sometimes show you how to deal with situations as a manager. Rob is in that position now, and I am sure he is going to flourish and do okay."
"When I had him at Scunthorpe, he was always a very deep thinker. He works hard and he is in that transition now, but from what I can see he is doing a good job at Doncaster."
October 2, 2015
Griffith moves to Droylsden
Altrincham may have announced that former Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has had to retire from playing professional football due to a persistent injury, but that does not mean that he is finished with the game.
It was announced last week that Griffith has moved into part-time football, with the completion of a transfer to non-league club Droylsden, who play in the Evo-stik (Northern Premier) League.
October 2, 2015
Voting results v Swindon Town
Voting for the "Man of the Match" in Tuesday's home game against Swindon Town saw nominations for just four players, but the vast majority of the votes went in favour of new loan striker Keshi Anderson, who scooped more than four out of each five votes cast.
The players to receive votes were:
1 Keshi Anderson (81.25%)
2 Andy Butler (9.375%)
3 James Horsfield (6.25%)
4 Richie Wellens (3.125%)
Thank you to everyone who took part. The next poll will open following Saturday's home game against local rivals Barnsley.
October 1, 2015
Dany catching up quickly
Dany N'Guessan may have missed his pre-season training before joining Doncaster Rovers at the end of July by picking up a foot injury in the pre-season game against Wolves, but he has been working hard to catch up with the rest of the squad. A couple of impressive appearances from the substitutes' bench recently suggest a bright future for the Frenchman, but he is aware that he still has to work hard to earn his place.
He told the Doncaster Star: I was out for a long time, I need to have my sharpness back but it will come back. It has been very frustrating. Before the injury, I was not playing a few months before that. I have just wanted to take my time, coming back stronger and stronger."
"Before I signed to Doncaster, I was with a fitness coach but it isn’t the same as when you kick the ball. I just wanted to be ready. We will see now if I play or not but I will keep working hard. I feel good. I would not say I feel 100 per cent fit but I feel good. And you get fitter as you play games."
October 1, 2015
Shrewsbury ticket information
An allocation of 503 tickets have been received by the Keepmoat Stadium's ticket office for Rovers' forthcoming game at Shrewsbury Town, which will be played on Tuesday, 20th October (kick-off 7:45pm).
Tickets are now on sale to season ticket holders, and from Monday (5th October), multi-game holders and Alliance members will also be able to make their purchase.
Remaining tickets will go on general sale from Monday, 12th October.
Ticket prices for the game at the Greenhous Meadow are:
Adults £20 - Senior Citizens (65+) £15 - Students (with NUS card) £15 - Juniors (16-18) £14 - Juniors (12-15) £10 - Juniors (11 & under) £8 - Disabled supporters £15 (carer free)
October 1, 2015
Nine arrested before Bury game
Nine people have been arrested after an incident in the Tut'n'Shive public house in the town centre before the home game against Bury on 8th August. Arrests were made early last week and four people have now been charged. Four teenagers have been bailed and will appear at Doncaster Magistrates' Court on Friday, 9th October. Two 16 year old boys and two 17 year old boys have been referred to the Youth Offending Service for conditional cautions to be considered.
A 51 year old man was still in custody being questioned by police officers at the time of the Doncaster Star's report being published.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 598 of 8 August, 2015.
October 1, 2015
Price reduction for Tykes game
Doncaster Rovers have reminded supporters that a price reduction has been agreed with Barnsley for both the game on Saturday at the Keepmoat Stadium and for the return match at Oakwell in February.
Adults will now pay £20, with corresponding reductions for other ticket categories.
Rovers' Marketing and Communications Manager Ryan Murrant said: “We have had some real fixture congestion already this season and this is a great way to get more people backing both sides. The two clubs value their home and away support and want a better atmosphere at games, so we have agreed prices and we now look forward to these more affordable games attracting bigger crowds."
"I don’t know of many other local derbies where the prices would actually come down so fair play to both clubs for making this great decision. The reciprocal deal means that our adult fans will save up to £5 on their match tickets."
Tickets for the games will be: Adults £20 - Senior Citizens £14 - Young adults (17-21) £10 - Under 16s £5 - Under 12s £1.
September 30, 2015
Rovers 2 Swindon Town 2
Doncaster Rovers' search for a win under Rob Jones' leadership goes on after a late equaliser for the visitors meant that Rovers had to settle for a point and keeps them in the bottom four of the League One table.
Rob Jones made a playing return, but it only lasted just over half an hour before he was forced off the field with a hamstring strain. New loanee James Horsfield was introduced at right back, with Harry Middleton and Richard Chaplow recalled to the starting line-up, and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Paul Keegan and Cameron Stewart had to settle for a place on the bench.
A goalless first half was followed by Rovers conceding early after the break, with a ball over the top of the Rovers defence catching them out, with Ajose lobbing Stuckmann with ease.
Stuckmann then denied Ajose, but it was not long before Rovers equalised, with Anderson driving the ball into the far corner. That seemed to have turned the game, with N'Guessan having a good shot on goal soon afterwards - and then Coppinger was tripped in the penalty area, with Williams coolly slotting the ball home from the penalty spot against his former club.
And it looked like Rovers just might win a game, only for Obika to deny them with a late leveller.
The "Man of the Match" voting is now open. If you wish to take part, please click on the logo to the left.
September 30, 2015
What the manager said
Caretaker manager Rob Jones is hoping that he can see signs of recovery in Rovers' form and results after watching much of last night's game from the sidelines.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: "My brief was to move this club on and I think I’m doing that. We’re not getting results right now but I think we’re doing that."
"For the last half an hour we played good, attractive football. We have to start controlling games for 90 minutes and we will get there. It’s slowly sinking into their heads what I want them to do and how I want them to play and how I want them to move forward. It’s about them now gaining that extra belief that what we’re doing is the right thing and that what we’re doing is moving us forward."
"I think they’re grasping that. It showed for the last half an hour. When we scored our first goal, it gave everyone a lift and a boost. For the last half an hour we could have scored three or four, but it just wasn’t to be. We probably lacked in the final third with the final ball, or the little touch in and around the box. These are the little fine details that make a big difference."
September 30, 2015
Chesterfield U18s 3 Rovers U18s 3
Doncaster Rovers' youth team had to come back from two goals down to salvage a draw from a keenly contested match played at the ground of Staveley Miners Welfare in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.
Chesterfield went into the lead in the second minute of the match, and doubled their lead ten minutes later from the penalty spot. Rovers went close just before the break when Williamson headed narrowly over the bar, but the first half ended 2-0 to the hosts.
The team talk at half time saw Rovers come out revitalized and they pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second half, Michael Carberry taking advantage of a defensive mix-up which saw a defender and keeper going for the same ball. Just after the hour mark, Rovers equalised, with Joe Pugh capitalising on an under hit back pass to round the keeper and slot the ball home.
Rovers went in front in the 86th minute, when McCormick forced the Chesterfield keeper to make an impressive one-handed save, but the ball trickled free for Will Longbottom to score.
With just four minutes to go, the three points seemed to be heading Rovers' way, but a 95th minute penalty was to prove costly, with Greasley judged to have handled on the goal line, and Daley duly converting the spot kick.
Chesterfield: Parkin, Hudson, Randle, Smith (Taylor 71'), Holmes, Jarrald (Greaves 60'), Daley, Daswell, German, Milner (Rowley 70'), Marshall
Substitutes not used: Spencer
Doncaster Rovers: Jones, Greasley, Carberry, Willlamson, Barker, Fielding, Parkin, Longbottom, Pugh, McCormick, Walker
Substitutes not used: Gains, Morris, Townrow, Slater
September 30, 2015
Goals review
A goal from a few days ago that we neglected to mention came in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division, where former Rovers midfielder John McGrath scored for Mickleover Sports in their 2-0 win over Buxton, doubling Sports' lead deep into injury time at the end of the first half.
In Tuesday night's action, Uche Ikpeazu scored a 70th minute equaliser for Port Vale in their 1-1 home draw with managerless Oldham Athletic in League One.
September 29, 2015
Rovers v Swindon Town
Doncaster Rovers will have to make at least one change for this evening's home game against Swindon Town, with centre back Gary MacKenzie suspended for three games after being sent off on Saturday.
Boss Rob Jones looks the likely replacement for MacKenzie, although there is the option of playing Aaron Taylor-Sinclair at centre back, keeping Cedric Evina at left back and bringing in new loan signing James Horsfield at right back.
No new injury problems have been reported for Rovers, with the rest of the squad likely to be as it was on Saturday.
Nathan Tyson and Luke McCullough are both nearing fitness but will be unavailable, as will striker Curtis Main, who has a hamstring strain which forced him to miss Saturday's game. Young right back Mitchell Lund continues to be absent, but midfielder Harry Forrester made a surprise return to action on Saturday and, reaction from that game permitting, he should be included again this evening.
Rob Jones missed yesterday's pre-match press conference, with Paul Butler answering questions in his place. All Butler would say of whether Jones would play was: "Rob has trained sporadically throughout the interim period so Monday was no different to any other day you may have asked about since he took on the interim role. You have to remember he is still a professional football player as well as the caretaker manager. Training was of no anomaly so you can read into it what you like."
Swindon boss Mark Cooper will have to make do without the services of on-loan striker Wes Thomas for this evening's match after he was ruled out for a month after suffering a hamstring strain in Saturday's defeat against Colchester United. Also missing will be goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, who has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan, leaving the Robins with only one senior goalkeeper. The Chile U20 international made nine appearances for Swindon, but is reported to have had a disagreement with boss Mark Cooper after he was fined for being late in to training last week.
September 29, 2015
Horsfield joins Rovers for a month
Manchester City midfielder James Horsfield has joined Doncaster Rovers on a 28 day "emergency loan" and is available to play in this evening's home game against Swindon Town.
While primarily a central midfield player, he can also play at right back, and with Rovers' current shortages in defensive options, he could well be utilised in defence this evening.
He signed his first professional contract with City in 2014 but has yet to make a first team appearance for the club. He has been with the club since he was eight years old and was the captain of their U16 side and also the U18s in the 2012/13 season. Described as "a midfield lynchpin with a great eye for a pass, James is a versatile member of the squad who can fill in at right back or take a well-struck penalty when the occasion requires."
He has been allocated squad number 31 for his time at the club.
September 29, 2015
Tonight's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this evening's home game against Swindon Town are:
Referee: Ben Toner
Assistant referees: Ricky Wootton and Nicholas Hopton
Fourth official: Anthony Tankard
September 29, 2015
Voting results v Sheffield United
Debut making Keshi Anderson took the eye of most of the travelling supporters who took part in our "Man of the Match" voting for Saturday's away game at Sheffield United, gaining over half of the votes cast.
Votes were spread among four different players, with the votes going as follows:
1 Keshi Anderson (58.82%)
2 Cameron Stewart (17.64%)
3= Andy Butler, Cedric Evina (11.76% each)
We thank everyone who took part in the voting, and we look forward to receiving your votes for this evening's game against Swindon once the voting opens on Wednesday morning.
September 29, 2015
Stephen joins WaiBOP United
Former Doncaster Rovers youth team striker Stephen Hoyle has joined ASB Premiership club WaiBOP United for the 2015/16 season. He is joining along with his brother James, who have both been "standout performers" for Napier City Rovers during the 2015 winter season, with Stephen scoring a number of key goals in their cup run, including a vital winning spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out. It was perhaps his five goal haul in their 10-0 Central League victory over Wellington Olympic that caught the eye of United's Head Coach, Peter Smith.
He commented: "We’re starting to piece together an exciting, attacking group of players and our signing of Ryan, Stephen and James signal in no uncertain terms what we’ll be trying to do this summer. All three bring with them professional experience from back in the UK and success during their time here in New Zealand. I’m looking forward to bringing them into the WaiBOP environment and seeing them perform for us."
Smith also believes the Hoyle brothers will be key performers for his side. “Stephen and James have both got experience in the professional game [Stephen with Barnsley and James with Doncaster Rovers] and are young enough and hungry enough to still have a lot to prove in the game,” says Smith. “They’re coming off an outstanding winter in the superb Napier City Rovers set-up. They’ll bring their ability and confidence to what’s going to be an excellent group of players at WaiBOP United this summer."
September 28, 2015
Sheffield United 3 Rovers 1
The outcome of Saturday's match saw another defeat for Doncaster Rovers, but they were up against it, having to play for an hour of the game with ten men after defender Gary MacKenzie was sent off for a high-foot in an aerial challenge with Sheffield United's Alcock, with the referee having little hesitation in showing the red card. Rovers had to shuffle the team, with Aaron Taylor-Sinclair moving across from left back to play central defence, Cedric Evina moving across to left back, and James Coppinger dropping back to right back.
Rovers made two changes to the starting line-up, with Richie Wellens given his first start in a few weeks, and on-loan striker Keshi Anderson making his debut for Rovers and went on to produce a very promising performance.
The score line was a little harsh on Rovers, as were the post-match comments by caretaker boss Rob Jones, although you can understand his frustration and disappointment at another defeat - although Cameron Stewart did get Rovers' first away goal of the season from a 24th minute free kick which curled over the Sheffield United wall and into the bottom corner of the net. Until Billy Sharp's late goal for United, Rovers were still in the game, but a woefully under hit back pass by Coppinger put Sharp in the clear, with the former Rovers man having the simple task of shooting into an empty net after drawing Stuckmann to the edge of his area.
September 28, 2015
What the managers said
Rob Jones was not a happy man after seeing Doncaster Rovers go down to another defeat at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon, criticising the performance that the players put in, and outlining mistakes that led to all three Sheffield United goals.
After keeping his players locked in the dressing room for 45 minutes after the game as he told them some home truths, he told BBC Radio Sheffield: "You can hide behind the fact we went down to ten men after 30-odd minutes but it's not acceptable. I'm quite angry actually at the performance we put in."
"Yes, we got back on level terms but it's mistake after mistake after mistake after mistake. I'm not having it any more."
"We started the game all right. Keshi Anderson looked menacing, Cameron Stewart scored his free kick and we could have gone in front before they did. They went in front after a mistake which is not pleasing at all. We got back into it, so you're thinking come on then, we'll have a go. But then there's another mistake for their second goal. From then on in, Gary gets sent off and you give yourself a mountain to climb. I expect better."
Blades boss Nigel Adkins was pleased to see his players put in their best team performance in some weeks, especially with some of his injured players now returning to action.
He said after the match: "It was a good win. We should have scored some more goals really, but the players have responded in a good manner and we've created lots of chances. Importantly we've got players that have been out for a long time with injury coming back into the side. Paul Coutts played very well and so did Craig Alcock, who had to play in the right-back position here. The referee has made a number of key decisions, and I'll be honest and say I haven't seen the penalty call. But Adams is through on goal and the ref has made a decision. Maybe he could have gone through and scored. We've got a group of players that are all striving to contribute, and here we've gone and got a hard-fought win by scoring three. I'd have loved to have kept a clean sheet, but more importantly it has put us back on track."
September 28, 2015
Goals review
A review of ex-Rovers players scoring goals this weekend begins in League One where Sam Hird scored an early goal for Chesterfield in their home game against Burton Albion. As has been the case in recent matches though, the Spireites seem incapable of holding a lead until the final whistle, and a 94th minute goal by Burton saw the away team winning 2-1.
Also in League One, few will have missed ex-Rovers' striker Billy Sharp's goal against his former club at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Looking down two leagues into the National (AKA Conference) League, Michael Rankine scored an 11th minute penalty for Altrincham, which proved to be the only goal of their game at Boreham Wood.
Jon-Paul Pittman scored Grimsby Town's third goal, and his first since returning from injury, as the Mariners romped to a 4-0 win at bottom four club Southport.
Across the pond in the MLS, Giles Barnes scored his first goal since May 16th for Houston Dynamo as they overcame the challenge of Colorado Rapids, eventually winning the game 3-2.
Finally, in a game played on Friday evening, Ross McCormack scored two goals for Fulham in the Championship as they won 4-0 at home to Queens Park Rangers.
September 28, 2015
Fulham set to extend Husband's loan
Former Doncaster Rovers left back James Husband is likely to have his loan spell at Fulham extended by a further month, according o reports in the Middlesbrough Gazette.
The 21 year old joined the Cottagers on August 28th, with Boro' boss Aitor Karanka hinting that he would like Husband to stay beyond that date to get more first team match experience. Husband has only played infrequently for Middlesbrough since joining from Rovers, mainly due to the form of another former Rover, George Friend.
Whether James stays in London may depend on whether Boro' have any injury concerns after this weekend's game, but Karanka commented: "It depends if we have injuries or if he is not happy there so if everything goes in the same way I don’t think we are going to change a lot of things. With Fernando we have cover for that position so I prefer for James to be playing at Fulham than to stay here and play just one game per month. So, for his development, it’s best to play."
Fulham boss Kit Symons added: "I’d like to extend Hubby’s loan. He’s come in and done really well, and we would like to keep him here longer. Hubby’s been brilliant and I’m delighted we’ve got him. The longer we can keep him, that would be great.”
September 26, 2015
Sheffield United v Rovers
Doncaster Rovers make the short trip to Bramall Lane this afternoon in the hope that they can improve on the poor away form of this season which sees Rovers yet to score away from the Keepmoat Stadium, and have only one point to show for their efforts on the road so far.
Rovers are set to include new loan striker Keshi Anderson for the first time in a bid to improve their chances in front of goal, and striker Andy Williams should return to action after being substituted early in last Saturday's game with a suspected broken nose.
Rovers will be without Mitchell Lund, Nathan Tyson, Luke McCullough and Harry Forrester all due to injury, while Rob Jones is unlikely to select himself to concentrate on the managerial side of things.
Cedric Evina looks likely to continue at right back, with Dany N'Guessan hoping to start after an impressive performance against Oldham last Saturday.
Rovers will be up against a familiar face, with Billy Sharp lining up against his former club having run into good goal scoring form in his third stint at Bramall Lane.
Blades boss Nigel Adkins is boosted by the return of Ryan Flynn, Che Adams and Paul Coutts after all have recovered from injury, but will be without the injured Bob Harris, John Brayford, Matt Done and Florent Cuvelier.
September 26, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials appointed by the Football League for this afternoon's away game at Sheffield United are:
Referee: Mark Heywood
Assistant referees: Simon Barrow and Dumitru Ravel Cheosiaua
Fourth official: Paul Thompson
September 26, 2015
No tickets on sale today
Supporters are reminded that no tickets will be on sale today for this afternoon's game against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, which was decided after consultation with South Yorkshire Police, due to other events taking place around the region.
There were only a few tickets of the Rovers' allocation remaining unsold yesterday lunchtime, so Rovers should have a good following as they go in search of their first away win of the season.
September 26, 2015
Away game at Millwall moved
As previously hinted by the two clubs, it has now been confirmed that Doncaster Rovers' away game at Millwall, originally scheduled for October 10th, has now been moved back to Tuesday, 27th October with a 7:45pm kick-off.
Millwall are likely to have up to six players absent due to international call-ups, with regulations allowing them to postpone a match if they have at least three absent.
All tickets already issued for the original date will remain valid.
September 26, 2015
Penney returns to Rovers - but not as boss
Former Doncaster Rovers manager Dave Penney is returning to the club this afternoon - but not as manager. He will be helping out with the commentary on the Rovers web site this afternoon, but has explained that even though he would be open to a return at some stage in the future, it will not be as manager.
He told DROS yesterday: "I’m not actively looking to get back in but if someone says “Are you interested?” then we can sit down and have a chat. I wouldn’t ever come back here as manager though, that’s for sure. I want people to remember me for what I did. If I came back then it would never be as manager, it might be in a different capacity, you never know."
"It’s great that I can come back and have a chat and a laugh but that could change with results. I’ve seen it happen and things don’t work out. I enjoyed my time here as a player and a manager, eight years with a couple of promotions etc - everyone remembers the cup run but I remember the play-off at Stoke which got us back in the Football League."
September 25, 2015
Rovers sign Palace striker
Doncaster Rovers have signed young Crystal Place striker Keshi Anderson on a month's loan, and he looks likely to go straight into the squad for tomorrow's challenging away game at Sheffield United.
Anderson is a highly fancied 20 year old who joined Palace from non-league Barton Rovers in February, and scored on his debut for their U21 side, and bagged a hat-trick in a recent game. He has yet to make his first team debut, but with Rovers struggling to score goals this season, he is likely to feature tomorrow afternoon.
Caretaker boss Rob Jones made a move for the youngster after Nathan Tyson suffered a set-back in his recovery programme, although Jones received a boost with news that striker Andy Williams is fit to play this weekend despite being substituted early in last Saturday's game against Oldham with a suspected broken nose.
Anderson is the third on-loan player at Rovers, with Oscar Gobern and Cameron Stewart having also recently joined the Rovers ranks.
Boss Rob Jones told DROS: "Keshi has had a vast and quick rise to the top. A lot of people were discussing him and whether to have a look but I liked what I saw so I’ve taken him. He’s quick, powerful, and strong and wants to do well so he came in today and he’s slotted very well in to the group and I’m delighted with him. He’s come in today and been great, he’ll add that little bit extra that we’ve been lacking. There’s no pressure on him, he’s got a freedom to play and express himself. Hopefully, added to what we’ve got, he’ll push us forward."
"Andy has trained today. Its great news for me and it’s another one to add to the list of the strikers we’ve already got and now it’s a fight for that place or places."
September 25, 2015
Jones confirms job application
Caretaker boss Rob Jones has confirmed that he has applied for the managerial vacancy at Doncaster Rovers, having previously refused to comment one way or the other on his future plans.
At yesterday's press conference, he confirmed to the Doncaster Free Press: "I’ve applied. I want this job. It’s as simple as that. I know we’ve had two weeks of ‘is he, is he not?’ but I have applied for the job."
"I’m loving what I’m doing and I want to continue in that vein. You don’t work for seven years and then get an opportunity to manage a club like this and then not grab with it both hands. That’s what I’m trying to do. I’ve been in the job two weeks now and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I love the fact that I’m in charge and I’m the one who has to move us forward and I’m the one who has to make decisions. I’ve been given an opportunity and I’m in a very privileged position. I’ll never forget that and it’s up to me now to move it forward."
September 25, 2015
Radford released by Matlock
Ex-Rovers defender Oscar Radford has been released by Matlock Town as they set about reinvigorating their squad.
Boss, and ex-Rovers defender Mark Hume, has brought in three players in the last week, which gives no place in his plans for Radford.
Hume explained to the Derbyshire Times: "We’ve brought three players in and as a club we can’t afford to have players sat in the stand, having Oscar sat there would be no good for Oscar or Matlock Town. He’s had a difficult start to the season so a move for him is probably best all round and we thank him for his contribution here and wish him well in the future."
September 25, 2015
MacKenzie - we should be causing more problems
Defender Gary MacKenzie thinks that Rovers need to start causing their opponents more problems if they are to improve both their form and results.
With a shortage of goals in the 'for' column so far this season, Gary recognises that the club's attacking players need to exert more pressure throughout games.
He told the Doncaster Free Press: “I think that, with the players we’ve got, we should be causing teams a lot more problems. I don’t know if it’s a confidence thing or we’re lacking belief, or we just need a spark or a decent result to get us going, but I believe we’ve got players that should be causing teams much more problems than what we’re causing right now."
MacKenzie revealed that Rovers have been working on creating more chances in training sessions this week as Rob Jones focuses on strengthening the attacking aspects of the team.
He added: "We’ve had a good week. He’s been intense - and he’s stated exactly what he wants to try and add. I think he’s focused on making us more of a threat and causing other teams problems, but it’s not a million miles different from the things we were doing."
September 24, 2015
Jones keen to be boss
Rob Jones is revelling in his new role as manager at Doncaster Rovers, and while he has steadfastly refused to confirm that he will be applying for the job on a permanent basis, it would be a surprise if his application is not handed in before the deadline of 5pm tomorrow.
All of his comments have been directed to the short term, and he told the Doncaster Free Press: "All I can say is that I’m delighted to be doing what I’m doing. I’m loving it. I’m loving this responsibility and this role and I’m going to make it my role and responsibility to take this club forward with the help of the staff and players I have."
He added: "I’m very passionate about this football club. I want this club to do well and progress. I’ll do everything I can to make that happen. We as a group will work tirelessly to turn this situation around and move us forward. We are not far away. We just need that bit of luck, that goal, that little knick here or there which will change the whole complexion. It’s important that, as a group, we move forward together. If we do that, we will keep progressing."
However, he confirmed that he will not be playing for the first team in the short term, after revealing that he has not taken part in enough training sessions recently to be fit enough to play.
One name to have ruled himself out of the chase for the job at Rovers is Ian Holloway, the former Crystal Palace and Blackpool manager. While he has been named among the favourites by the bookies, he appears to be staying in his role as a pundit with Sky Sports. He said: "I’m enjoying my job with Sky. I promised someone I would stay there as long as I possibly can. I’ve got a year’s contract, I really enjoy it and I don’t like letting people down."
On a return to management in the future, he said: “I will never say never because I’m a football manager and I’d probably like to get to 1,000 games but at the moment my enthusiasm for what I’m learning week in, week out is excellent. What I love is getting a group of people together, organising them and trying to create something but at the moment I’m being asked to watch and comment on other people’s creations and I’m loving every minute of it."
The deadline for applications to be manager at Doncaster Rovers closes on Friday at 5pm, with interviews to be held over the next two weeks
September 24, 2015
Jake joins new club
Ex-Rovers youth team player Jake McCormick has joined Paulton Rovers, who play in the Southern League Premier Division. He is starting a degree course at Bath University, with Paulton being a local club to the area. He has played for Goole AFC, Frickley Athletic and Tadcaster Albion since leaving Rovers in 2012.
September 24, 2015
Boyce stays on at Pools
Former Rovers defender Andrew Boyce has had his loan at Hartlepool United extended by a month, which will now run until 26th October.
Boyce was recruited by Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore to cover for injuries in their central defence, in particular to ex-Rovers loanee Harry Worley, and has impressed sufficiently to persuade Moore to extend the loan of Boyce from Scunthorpe United further.
After fighting a successful battle against relegation from League Two last season, Hartlepool have made a much improved start to this season, having won three and drawn one of their eight matches played to date.
September 24, 2015
Goals review
In last night's Capital One Cup third round, James O'Connor scored on the stroke of half time for Walsall in their home tie against Premier League club Chelsea. Sadly for the Saddlers, that was as good as it got for them, with Chelsea running out as winners by a margin of 4-1.
Former Rovers goalkeeper Ross Flitney had a less happy time at the weekend. He didn't score, but he contributed towards a 5-2 defeat at home to Eastleigh by getting himself sent off, which spoilt their run of four successive 0-0 draws, with the home club being 2-0 down by the half time whistle. Flitney was dismissed while conceding a penalty in the 63rd minute which led to Eastleigh's third goal.
September 23, 2015
Voting results v Oldham
New signing Dany N'Guessan, given his longest run-out since joining Doncaster Rovers this summer, was the runaway winner of the "Man of the Match" voting, receiving exactly half of all the votes cast for the "Man of the Match" of Saturday's home game against Oldham Athletic.
We received nominations for seven players in all, with the most votes going as follows:
1 Dany N'Guessan (50.0%)
2 Cameron Stewart (23.53%)
3 Richie Wellens (11.76%)
We thank everyone who took part in the voting, and hope that many of you will be voting after Saturday's away game at Sheffield United.
September 23, 2015
Jones praises Stan
Stand-in boss Rob Jones has been quick to praise youth team coach Paul Stancliffe for his help leading the first team in the period following the dismissal of Paul Dickov recently.
Jones told the Doncaster Star: "Paul Stancliffe has been my guide as you like in the U21s. He knows how I tick, how I do things, when to pull the reigns on, push me a little bit forward. He understands me, he probably doesn’t agree with me sometimes but that is why I brought him in. For me, it’s a familiar face who is there is over my shoulder when I’ve been on the bench for the U21s. He’s got vast experience, he loves the club and wants them to do well. He embraced the role when I spoke to him during the week about moving into my camp rather than the youth camp."
September 23, 2015
Donny Dog to deliver half time snacks

Doncaster Rovers have announced that club mascot Donny Dog will be available to deliver half time snacks to supporters during the half time interval. He has "promised to deliver them personally to your seat at half time" - which could be a fair challenge if a large number of fans take up the offer!
On the menu are hot dogs, chicken wrap and a veggie burger, along with crisps, cookies and a piece of fruit or chocolate. A soft drink completes the package, with the whole service, including delivery, costing £5.
Food is available to pre-order until 4pm on the day prior to match day.
The delivery will initially be trialed in the East Stand, and it will be rolled out throughout the stadium if it proves to be successful. As long as Donny Dog masters the art of time travel, we can't see any problems in him getting all the deliveries round the whole ground in a 15 minute period. But if Santa can get around the whole world in one night.....

September 23, 2015
Jones - Rovers now better than promotion squad
Rob Jones has claimed that his Rovers squad has more technical ability than the squad that won the League One title back in 2013. Rovers developed a way of playing in that season that meant they won games regularly without necessarily playing well - very effective without being good to watch.
Speaking to the Doncaster Star, Jones commented: "This team is completely different to the one two and half years ago. It has different characters and different abilities. I think everybody will always draw comparisons between what happened in 2013 and where we are now but it’s up to me to focus completely on what we’ve got now. Yes, I’m learning. Yes, they [the players] are learning as we go along. But, arguably, this is a better dressing room than what it was two years ago - technically and tactically. If they continue to give me what they’ve given me for the last five, six, seven days, we’ll be fine."
September 23, 2015
Ben's injury horror
Young Rovers striker Ben Askins, currently on loan at Whitby Town, has received another serious injury that is likely to keep him out of action for much of this season.
He picked up a knee injury in Whitby's FA Cup replay defeat against Salford City last Wednesday, and he was carried from the field of play on a stretcher.
The injury is certain to effectively end his time at Whitby, and it is entirely possible that he will not play again for Doncaster Rovers either. He signed a new six-month deal with Rovers in the summer after being sidelined with an ankle injury that required surgery last season, and it looks likely that this six month period will expire before he is fit enough to play again.
September 22, 2015
Loan signings only if needed
Caretaker boss Rob Jones has confirmed that the club's hierarchy have told him that he can make loan signings during his time in charge of the first team. However, at the moment, he has no plans to supplement the Rovers squad, even though Paul Dickov had a right back lined up prior to his sacking earlier this month.
Jones told the Doncaster Star: "If I see fit and the right player comes along, I’ll make a claim to make a signing, but I’ve got enough in my dressing room. I’m delighted with the characters I’ve got in there, I’m delighted with the work rate they give, I’m delighted with the ethic and dynamic of the group. I can bring players in, but as and when I need to."
With the club's first two choices at right back, Luke McCullough and Mitchell Lund, both injured, Cedric Evina filled in at right back on Saturday.
September 22, 2015
Smith agrees to bar restrictions
Ex-Rovers goalkeeper Ben Smith, now the owner of the St Nicholas Bar in Castle Street, Shrewsbury, has had to agree to various restrictions imposed by Shropshire Council after noise complaints from neighbours.
Earlier this year the bar was served with a noise abatement order, and under the new agreement, the bar will not be able to host live music until a 'noise management plan' is agreed with the authority. The hours for live music will also be cut back to finish at 11pm instead of midnight. The bar can now only sell alcohol until 11.30pm, even though Smith pleaded for this to extend the deadline to midnight, claiming that ht would make a 'massive' financial difference to the business.
September 22, 2015
Club Doncaster take stewarding in-house
Rovers have announced that Club Doncaster will be employing stewards and match day safety staff directly in future, rather than using external agencies as has been the case before.
They see this as an essential part of running the club and of improving the relationship between stewards, Supporter Liaison Officers and supporters, which they hope will lead to an increase in the number of "police free" games, which will make a significant saving on policing costs by all clubs using the Keepmoat Stadium.
Club Doncaster are expected to advertise for more match day stewards in the near future.
September 22, 2015
Griffith forced to retire
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Anthony Griffith has been forced to retire from professional football, according to a statement issued by Altrincham Football Club.
Griffith left Carlisle United in the summer to join Altrincham, but has only made one substitute appearance for them.
Altrincham's statement reads: "Altrincham FC confirms that due to an ongoing hip problem, Anthony Griffith has been forced to retire from professional football forthwith. Following advice from the PFA, an agreement has been reached on settling his contract."
Griffith has also played for Port Vale, Leyton Orient and Shrewsbury Town.
September 21, 2015
Rovers 1 Oldham Athletic 1
Doncaster Rovers were denied victory by another controversial goal which may, or may not, have crossed the line when Oldham were deemed to have equalised from a corner in the 34th minute.
By then, Rovers were a goal up, thanks to a headed goal by Andy Butler from a Cameron Stewart free kick in the 26th minute.
Temporary boss Rob Jones made two changes to the starting line-up, with Cedric Evina returning as right back in place of Mitchell Lund, and Paul Keegan replacing Richard Chaplow, who dropped to the bench.
It was a fairly uneventful first quarter hour, although striker Andy Williams was forced off early on with what appeared to be a broken nose, to be replaced by Dany N'Guessan, but it was in the second half that Rovers were better from an attacking point of view, which just happened to coincide with the introduction of Richie Wellens for the first time since he was left out of the team due to transfer talks. Dany N'Guessan and James Coppinger then had chances but could not keep their efforts on target, with both managerless sides ending up taking a point from the game. That keeps Rovers in the bottom four of the League One table, a situation that will have to change soon if Rovers are to maintain their pre-season ambitions of challenging for promotion.
September 21, 2015
What the managers said
Rob Jones was disappointed not to have won Saturday's game at the Keepmoat Stadium after taking an early lead against managerless Oldham Athletic.
He told the Doncaster Free Press after the game: "I thought we started nervously and didn’t really get a foothold in the game for the first 20 to 25 minutes. Whether that was the occasion, because I was in charge, because people wanted to do well for me, I don’t know. It was a cagey start but then we got on top and got our goal, which I thought was warranted. A lapse in concentration has cost us from a corner. You can debate whether it’s a corner, you can debate whether it’s a goal, but it stands."
"I thought we reacted really well to them levelling it up. In the second half I thought we were magnificent. I thought we controlled the second half from start to finish. We were dominant with and without the ball and reduced them to scraps going forward. We had enough chances to win the game. That’s probably the most chances we’ve created in the last four or five weeks. At Gillingham there weren’t so many, at Walsall they came outside the box, today I thought we looked menacing at times. But as I told the players afterwards, it’s alright looking menacing, you’ve got to finish them off."
"I’m disappointed we didn’t get the three points. I thought we did enough to merit them. We were by far the better team in the second half but goals win games."
In contrast, Oldham's caretaker manager told BBC Radio Manchester: "I think we did very well in terms of what we've asked of them all week. After a disappointing result last week, we needed a reaction. I think one thing you can say is that there are things we can improve on."
September 21, 2015
Goals review
Today, we begin our review of former Rovers players scoring goals by going back to Friday night, where David Cotterill put Birmingham City in front in their Championship game at Ipswich Town. An equaliser ten minutes later meant that the game ended 1-1.
In the National League, former known as the Conference, Jon-Paul Pittman scored his first goal since returning from injury to put Grimsby Town ahead against Tranmere Rovers at Blundell Park. Again, that game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Moving forwards to Saturday's game, Matt Mills equalised for Nottingham Forest in the 7th minute of their home game against Middlesbrough in the Championship. A further goal for Boro' in the 32nd minute ended the match's scoring, and the visitors went away with a 2-1 victory.
In League Two, Adebayo Akinfenwa scored a 90th minute winner for AFC Wimbledon at home to Notts County - both of Wimbledon's goals came in the last five minutes of action.
In the National League, Jon Parkin scored a 2nd minute goal to put Forest Green in front in their game at Macclesfield. That was as good as it got for Forest Green though, and they ended up on the wrong end of a 4-1 score line.
Going down into the Northern Counties East Premier Division, Ben Muirhead scored Armthorpe Welfare's first goal in their 5-1 thumping of Liversedge, which is just as well as they would otherwise have been just a point above the bottom two in the division.
The last goal to mention from Saturday's action was in Scotland, where Dene Shields marked his scoring return for Brechin City in the Scottish League One, who won 3-2 at ten-man Peterhead to pick up their first points of the season. They remain bottom of the division though, still three points adrift of 9th placed Stranraer.
Finally, coming forward to a game played on Sunday, Billy Sharp scored a 70th minute equaliser for Sheffield United, who ended up drawing 2-2 at Bradford City.
September 21, 2015
Under 18s 0 Scunthorpe United U18s 0
The youth team bounced back from a disappointing 4-1 defeat at Bradford City to pick up a point against Scunthorpe United, who are undefeated in the Youth Alliance League so far this season.
Rovers started well, but had to withstand two appeals for penalties by the visitors, but both shouts were turned down the referee. Joe Pugh had Rovers' best chance of the first half, but his header went just wide of the left post. Scunthorpe were reduced to ten men just before half time when Matt Stockill was dismissed for two bookable offences, and Rovers tried to take advantage as the second half started, with McCormick and Fielding going close to giving Rovers the lead. Fielding had another chance in the closing minutes of the game to give Rovers all three points, but it was not to be, and they had to settle for a point.
Doncaster Rovers: Iveson, Greasley, Carberry, Williamson (C), Mbuti, Fielding, Parkin, Hill (Morris 78'), Pugh, McCormick, Barker
Substitutes not used: Jones, Slater, Townrow
Scunthorpe United: Ledger, McMichael, Sinlling, Dean-Atkinson, Baker, Butroid, Barmby (Hornshaw 66'), Stockill, Dyche, Burdett (Sitilocke 71'), Ebraheem
Substitutes not used: Sackey, Parker
September 21, 2015
Travel information to Sheffield United

The Rovers' Supporters Club are running coaches to Saturday's away game at Sheffield United.
Coaches leave Retford at 11.30am, Harworth 11.35am, Bawtry 11.45am, Rossington 11.45am, Hare & Tortoise 11.50am, Doncaster Royal Infirmary 12.00pam and the Keepmoat Stadium at 12.15pm.
Fares for the trip are:
Members: Adults £11 - OAPs £10 - Under 16s £9
Non-members: Adults £13 - OAPs £12 - Under 16s £11
Places on the coaches can be booked after 6pm with Paul Mayfield (07961 727769) or Len South (01302 817347) by Wednesday evening.

September 19, 2015
Rovers v Oldham Athletic
Doncaster Rovers are set to name an unchanged side this afternoon when they face managerless Oldham Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium.
It will mark Rob Jones' second game in charge of first team affairs and despite the news that Jones is now fit after recovering from a neck injury, he is likely to opt to watch from the dugout this afternoon.
Nathan Tyson is close to returning from injury, but is unavailable for this afternoon's game, as are Luke McCullough and Harry Forrester, both of who are injured.
Richie Wellens was an unused substitute last Saturday after returning to training after fruitless transfer talks with Wigan Athletic, and with the benefit of a week's full training, could come into contention for a starting place.
Oldham caretaker player/boss David Dunn will be without former Rover Jonathan Forte, who sits out the second of a three match suspension, while skipper Liam Kelly (knee) and Jake Cassidy (ankle) are both absent with long term injuries.
Oldham have two new faces in their squad, with the signing of former Manchester United full back Richard Eckersley having signed this week on a three month contract. Eckersley was a free agent since leaving MLS side New York Red Bulls in December. Also joining the Latics is Swansea midfielder Jay Fulton, who has joined on a three month loan.
September 19, 2015
Today's match officials
The match officials for this afternoon's home game against Oldham Athletic have been appointed by the Football Association and will be:
Referee: Andy Woolmer
Assistant referees: Paul Hobday and Steven Rushton
Fourth official: Alf Greenwood
September 19, 2015
Copps - it's up to the players
Midfielder James Coppinger has said that the players have to take responsibility for how they play on the field after a hard week's work on the training field under the guidance of Rob Jones.
Again backing Jones for the manager's job on a full-time basis, Coppinger told the Doncaster Free Press: "I think we’ve got to take responsibility as players. We’ve got to work harder day in, day out on the things that make a difference on a Saturday. I think that’ll be put in place this week. As individuals you’ve got to take responsibility, as a team we’ve got to look at it and pick people out if they need picking out. We’re in a situation where it can only get better. With Rob in charge, it looks positive."
September 19, 2015
Barnes signs new deal with Houston
Former Rovers midfielder Giles Barnes has signed a contract extension with MLS club Houston Dynamo, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The club do not reveal terms of the contract, but they suggest that Barnes will be one of the highest paid players in the Houston squad. He has scored 26 goals in 92 appearances since joining Dynamo in 2012.
September 18, 2015
Manager's job advertised
Doncaster Rovers have publicly advertised for the managerial vacancy at the club following the dismissal of Paul Dickov earlier this month.
The time schedule means that caretaker manager Rob Jones will have until at least the end of the month in charge, which could do his chances no harm of landing the job full-time - always presuming that he applies for the job.
Applications have to be in by next Friday (25th September), after which a short-list will be drawn up and interviews held.
There seems little doubt that Jones will be one of the applicants, although he is being coy at the moment about his intentions. He told the Doncaster Star: "It's something I have never hidden, this is what I want to do. Now I am in the driving seat it is up to me to move it forward as much as I can. I love it, I am in complete control, I love what I doing. I didn't go away and do my coaching badges and analyse loads of games and spend time away from my family to not do this. It's what I want to do and hopefully I can progress it. I have got to put all the jigsaw pieces together. I am sat in the seat, end of story. I will sit in the seat until told otherwise."
The job advertisement reads:
"Doncaster Rovers Football Club wish to invite applications from suitably qualified individuals for the position of First Team Manager.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to satisfy the following criteria:-
• A working knowledge of the SkyBet Football League or its equivalent
• Success in managing a playing budget
• Excellent contacts within the Football community
• Proven track record of developing a Youth structure and pathway
• A commitment to the local community
• A proven leader with a proven track record
• A pleasing and willing personality
To apply for the position please declare an expression of interest via email only to include your CV and current salary and also demonstrating how your experience mirrors the Club’s criteria.
Please send applications to Mary Lally, Club Secretary, at mary.lally@clubdoncaster.co.uk
September 18, 2015
Jones quits Under-21s - for now
Rob Jones has handed over responsibilities of the club's Development XI to Paul Stancliffe and Paul Wilson while he concentrates on his duties as first team manager.
That will continue as long as Jones is in charge of the first team, which looks like being at least for the rest of this month, and possibly into October.
Jones told the Doncaster Free Press: "While I’m doing what I’m doing I need to focus one hundred per cent on first team duties. Paul Stancliffe and Paul Wilson will look after the Under 21s until the point it changes, or it may not change."
"Right now my focus is one hundred per cent on first team matters. It takes a little bit of pressure off me to be honest. I had the first team lads on Monday and Tuesday. I would’ve had to have had the youth players and fringe players on Tuesday too. I can’t be everywhere."
September 18, 2015
Rovers Under 21s 1 Preston North End Under 21s 0
Rob Jones watched from the stands as Paul Stancliffe and Paul Wilson took on dugout duties of Wednesday's Under-21 Premier League Cup game against Preston North End.
The tie was decided in the last minute of the game, with substitute Daniel Hector's shot just crossing the line. Rovers included Dany N'Guessan and Harry Middleton, both of who played 45 minutes for Rovers as they continued to build up their fitness, and are likely to be in contention for Saturday's home game against Oldham Athletic. Also making a playing return was striker Jack McKay, who replaced N'Guessan at half time.
Rovers had the better of the first half, but saw their chances either blocked or deflected wide, with N'Guessan causing Preston continual problems, with Mandeville and Carberry both having shots cleared off the line.
The second half was disappointing in comparison, but the drama came right at the end of the game, when Hector's shot was parried by Preston keeper Callum Roberts, but the ball just crossed the line and meant Rovers progress through to the second round.
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi, Greasley, P.McKay, Mbuti, Williamson, Davies, Middleton (c) (Parkin 45’), N’Guessan (J.McKay 45’), Mandeville, Whitehouse (Hector 76’)
Unused substitutes: Jones, Pugh
Preston North End: Roberts, Smith, Whelan, Jagne, Roberts, Heaton (c), Boyd, Robinson, Little (Barry 80’), Meulensteen (Davidson 77’), Lunney
Unused substitutes: Earl, Joseph Robinson, Kwateng
September 18, 2015
Goal scoring review
A review of former Rovers players scoring goals over the last few days begins in the Championship, where Jonsson Clarke-Harris scored for Rotherham United in their away Championship game at Brighton & Hove Albion. It was not enough to save the Millers from another defeat though, and saw Brighton move to the top of the table.
In League One, Billy Sharp scored from the penalty spot for Sheffield United in their 3-2 home defeat to Colchester United. The night could have been better for Sharp, who accepted the blame for the defeat, as he missed two more penalties and also thinks he should have scored from open play during the game.
Finally, Brian Stock scored a 38th minute goal for Havant & Waterlooville in their National League South game at home to Whitehawk. Two goals in the last six minutes for the visitors meant that Havant went down to a 3-2 defeat.
September 16, 2015
Millwall game in doubt
Rovers fans have been recommended to delay making any travel arrangements for the forthcoming away game at Millwall, which is due to be played on October 10th.
Millwall have advised that the game is likely to be postponed due to international call-ups from their squad.
Tickets for the game are not yet on sale, but Millwall have issued the advisory notice to prevent any train/coach tickets being bought before the date of the game has been confirmed.
September 16, 2015
Only three days to buy your season ticket
Doncaster Rovers have announced that there are only another three days to buy a season ticket, before they are "taken off sale for good".
Now we presume that they mean season tickets will be taken off sale for this season, and not forever, but it looks as though supporters who want to attend regularly if they do not buy a season ticket by this Saturday (19th September) will have to rely on the multi-game tickets to avoid paying the full match day price.
Season ticket holders are reported to get a "wide range of benefits including discounts across Club Doncaster and priority when purchasing tickets", as well as their season ticket meaning they can watch matches for close to £16 per game.
September 16, 2015
Bywater joins Blasters
Ex-Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has joined Indian Super League club Kerala Blasters for their forthcoming season, which begins on 3rd October.
Bywater is one of seven overseas players to be signed up by the Blasters, whose Head Coach is now Peter Taylor, the former Gillingham boss, who was at the Gills when Bywater was at the club.
This marks the second season of the Indian Super League, with former Rovers striker Iain Hume having played for Kerala last season before returning to England to play briefly for Tranmere Rovers.
Bywater was a free agent after being released at the end his contract at Rovers in the summer.
Kerala Blasters are co-owned by cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.
September 16, 2015
Smith admits Lalkovic could leave
Walsall boss Dean Smith admits that they may struggle to keep hold of former Rovers striker Milan Lalkovic past the end of this season, but the Slovakian international has said that the Saddlers "feels like home" to him, which may indicate he could stay longer.
Lalkovic is believed to have taken a wage cut to join Walsall after disappointing spells at Barnsley and Czech club Mlada Boleslav.
Smith commented to the Walsall Advertiser: "Sometimes it's about how you handle the player and he seems to thrive in the environment we've created here. He's still getting up to the speed of things because he's not played an awful lot of football in the last year. I hope we can keep him longer than this season. Financially, will he be out of our reach? I don't know. But he's come here for this season and he's enjoying his football and a person like Milan, he's one who would rather enjoy his football than chase money."
The player added: "Of course, I have ambitions but at the moment, at this stage of my career, I think this is a club which will help me and I will help the club as well to get better - hopefully together. The manager trusts me, I worked under him before and I really enjoyed it. The fans too I have a really good relationship with. At this point of my career Walsall is the place to be. If we can get up to the Championship together, then fantastic. If I do well and someone sees me, ok, though I'm not looking at it like that. I am here and looking forward with Walsall, that is my main aim. They are improving me. When you have someone who trusts in you and believes in you, then you are going to enjoy your football."