the might of Sam Allardyce’s West Ham, in the Premier League last season, came to the Keepmoat and came away with the three points. The game was decided by Kevin Nolan’s strike early on.
It had begun well for Rovers with chairman John Ryan receiving a cheque for £9,000 from the Viking Supporters’ Club before the kick off.
But after just five minutes they were on the back foot when Nolan scored his first competitive goal for the Hammers following his move from Newcastle and the West Ham fans were in full voice.
Nolan could have got his name on the scoresheet again in the 17th minute but saw his effort hit the bar with goalie Woods beaten from the edge of the area.
Nolan’s performance would not have come as a surprise to Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll who had highlighted his qualities in the build up to the game.
Without the injured Sharp and Mason, Rovers were posing few threats to the Hammers.
The home fans in the South Stand were doing their best to rally their side and Rovers put a much better showing in the second half.
Dumbuya was named the sponsors’ man of the match. But in the end Big Sam picked up his first league win for the Hammers.
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