Rover' second coat of paint bid

DONCASTER Rovers begin the defence of the only major knockout trophy they have ever won in tonight's Johnstone Paints Trophy first round tie against Bradford City at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 10:41 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th September 2007, 11:48 am

The game will evoke happy memories among players and fans alike of their memorable 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers at the Millennium Stadium in April.

At least two of the stars of that day, skipper Graeme Lee - who scored the extra-time winnner - and Jason Price, will miss tonight's Yorkshire derby.

Centre-back Lee has yet to resume full training after suffering a neck injury, while fans' favourite Price is still on the comeback trail after rupturing an Achilles tendon.

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On-loan striker Jonathan Forte, who gave Rovers a first-minute lead, and midfielder Sean Thornton are now plying their trade with Scunthorpe and Leyton Orient respectively.

Like Thornton, midfielder Mark Wilson started the final on the bench but hopes to be on from the off tonight.

Like his team-mates, Wilson's spirits have been buoyed by Saturday's first League One win of the season a Swansea, and he is hoping to keep the run going against the Bantams.

Even though the Valley Parade side are still looking to impose themselves on League Two following their relegation last season, and have yet to win away, Wllson is expecting a tough game.

"I still regard Bradford as being a League One side and with it being a derby game I am sure that they will be up for it tonight," said Wilson. "But having won the trophy last season there is no way that we want to fall at the first hurdle.

"Especially with this year's final being staged at the Wembley. I played at the old stadium and it would be great to play at the new stadium and I am sure all the other lads feel the same."