Rovers offer former fans’ favourite Jason a helping hand

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THURSDAY: I bumped into former Doncaster Rovers’ favourite Jason Price during my visit to the club’s Cantley Park training ground.

I admit that I half wondered for a split second whether Jason was rejoining the club.

But the charismatic Welshman, who proved a real fans’ favourite during his time at the club, told me that he had been given permission by the club to use the facilities for a couple of days ahead of a trial with Barnet.

Rovers suffered a four-run defeat in their annual Twenty-20 match against Doncaster Town CC at Town Fields.

Billy Sharp and John Oster both bagged a brace to restrict the young Town side to 158-7.

Rovers, for whom new signing Tommy Spurr hit a half-century, and trialist Rowan Vine 30, looked to be on course for victory until suffering a late collapse.

SATURDAY: Rovers suffered their first defeat in pre-season away at Carlisle in a game which doubled as a testimonial for Sean McDaid. People always tell you that results don’t matter in pre-season and that it is all about match fitness and blending in the new signings.

Admittedly they form an integral part of pre-season, but I’ve rarely met a manager who likes losing any game.

SUNDAY: The Dons moved clear second in Championship One with an impressive 41-20 win away to South Wales. There are still four more games to go - the toughest in my opinion being this weekend at Keighley - but the odds on the Dons being back in the Championship are shortening every week.

I just wish the Doncaster public would show more interest.

MONDAY: Whilst listening to the radio in the office on there was an item at the end of the news bulletin that England needed to take another five wickets to beat India in the first test at Lords.

“They’ll never do it,” said news editor David Kessen.

Although David doesn’t profess to be an expert on cricket - his sporting love is football - I had to agree with him, though I didn’t express any comment at the time. Not least because India are currently the best side in the world. But the England bowlers proved us both wrong as they stormed to victory and took a 1-0 lead in the series.

TUESDAY: It might only have been a friendly, but any win over South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United will do for Rovers’ fans.