IT has been a hectic week for sport in Doncaster.
Firstly, I would like to congratulate the Dons on reaching the Championship One Grand Final against Barrow this weekend at Warrington,.
It would put the icing on the cake if they were to win the championship after finishing top of the table for the first time in their history.
The Belles lost their last WSL home game, going down 2-0 against Birmingham City Ladies at the Keepmoat Stadium in a quickly re-arranged fixture on Sunday night. They play Arsenal live on ESPN this Sunday in a game which could see the Gunners crowned champions.
Rovers entertained second-placed Stevenage at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday, a crowd of just under 6,000 witnessed the game with only 340 from the Boro, although that beat Barnsley’s away attendance at Birmingham where only 235 travelled.
I felt that we sat back and gave the ball away too easily and let the visitors take the lead, again from a set piece. When will we ever learn?
It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes, following the introduction of Iain Hume, that we upped the tempo and deservedly equalised on 80 minutes when Chris Brown drilled home a shot after a knock-down from Rob Jones from a set piece.
Although the game was not pretty, it was miles better than what we witnessed at Bramall Lane days earlier.
I agree with most fans about the disallowed goal. The linesman on the east stand side was not up with play and David Syers reacted first to the keeper blocking Kyle Bennett’s shot and putting ball in the back of the net.
The Capital One Cup third round tie at Norwich on Wednesday night saw us narrowly defeated 1-0.
We were certainly not overawed, and it took Norwich until the 27th minute to break us down, after we gave the ball away in midfield for Tettey to drill home from 25 yards to claim his first goal for the Canaries.
We had the chances to pull the game back, just before half-time the two teams were playing ping-pong in the Norwich box but somehow the ball would not go into the back of the net. Then, late on, Syers somehow scuffed his shot from three yards out.
The club’s away support this season has been amazing and about 450 made the trip to East Anglia.
We are back on the road again tomorrow, venturing to the East End to play Leyton Orient.
Earlier in the day, a group of Rovers fans are scheduled to make an appearance on Sky TV’s Soccer A.M.
We are hoping to persuade the Supporters’ Club coach drivers to make a slight detour to go past the Olympic Stadium which is just a few miles away from Brisbane Road, on the way to Orient’s ground. There are still seats on the coaches which depart Retford 8.15 am and which pick up en-route at Harworth 8.20, Bawtry/Rossington 8.30, Hare and Tortoise 8.35, Infirmary 8.45, and the Keepmoat 9.00. Call Paul on 07961 727769 or Len on 01302 817347 for more details. People can also book early for the game at Hartlepool on October 13.