2007-08, match reports

Port Vale 1-3 Doncaster Rovers

In a season where Rovers season ticket pricing at the Keepmoat has been questioned perhaps the club should offer an away season ticket to ensure value for money. The opportunity to watch Rovers away from the moaners and more often than not these days three points to boot. Bargain. That said things didn’t go according to plan from the off at Vale Park today as the home side took the lead inside fifteen minutes, a near post corner was not properly cleared and George Pilkington pounced first to fire a low shot into the Rovers net.

It got briefly better for Rovers before it got worse as James Hayter and Richie Wellens forced saves from Joe Anyon in the Vale goal, before Paul Heffernan left the field having sffered what looked quite a serious injury. Not the best of halves for Rovers and it could have been worse as Marc Laird missed a chance to double the home side’s lead before the break.

The thing about this Rovers side is that when they click the look capable of out footballing anyone they face at this level. The second half proved testament to thata s Rovers went at Port Vale from the off as Lewis Guy just failed to convert a great chance eight minutes in. The forward soon made ammends though, as James Coppinger and James O’Connor linked up well and the full-back’s cross was headed home by Guy. Within ten minutes the scoreline ahd been reversed in a ver un-Rovers route one fashion as a clearance from Wellens bounced high in the centre circle and Hayter headed it beyond Pilkington for a clear run on goal where he slotted the ball past Anyon for Rovers’ second.

Despite their lowly league position Vale didn’t give up all that easily as an Ashley Westwood header and a long range effort from Jason Talbot both forced Neil Sullivan into action. The storm weathered Rovers went on to make the game safe as with ten minutes left Coppinger crossed for Wellens who turned his marker and buried the ball to secure another away win for the Rovers. Momentum is with the red and white hoops now; this ictory lifted Doncaster into sixth in League One, the club’s highest league position in nigh on twenty years. Don’t say it too loud, but maybe… just maybe.

Port Vale line-up (4-4-2): Joe Anyon; Marc Laird (Mark Salmon), Paul Harsley (Marc Richards), George Pilkington, Ashley Westwood; Craig Rocastle, Mark McGregor, Jason Talbot, Danny Whitaker; Luke Rodgers, Calum Willock (Paul Edwards)

subs not used: David McGoldrick, Mark Goodlad

Doncaster Rovers line-up (4-3-2-1): Neil Sullivan; James O’Connor, Gordon Greer, Adam Lockwood, Sean McDaid; Brian Stock, Mark Wilson (Martin Woods), Richie Wellens; Lewis Guy (Stephen Roberts), James Hayter; Paul Heffernan (James Coppinger)

subs not used: Mark McCammon, Craig Nelthorpe


About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.


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