Rovers supporters’ team the Donny R’sonists gave a foretaste of things to come on Saturday morning as they played out a draw with a Preston fans’ team. On the grass at Balby Carr the R’sonists and Preston played out an enthralling and very competitive match in exactly the right spirit with just two fouls in the entire 90 minutes.
With a few new faces in the R’sonists squad the home side took a while to settle and Preston had the most of the early possession, but struggled to create genuine chances. However, the visitors did eventually take the lead midway through the half as a Preston forward broke to the byline and his pull-back was unfortunately turned into his own net by defender Matt Harriman. Gradually though the R’sonists grew in confidence and competence and they struck a deserved equaliser before the break as Matty Findlay made space for himself with a great turn before finishing well into the corner of the goal.
In the second half the R’sonists continued where they left off and went ahead from a right wing corner as the ball reached Harriman on the far side of the area and he made amends for his earlier og, by volleying the ball into the far corner of the net. The R’sonists were enjoying their best spell and were only denied a further goal as Findlay was denied by a good save when one on one and Andy Sheldrake struck the crossbar from distance.
Understandably Preston pushed for the equaliser late on, and managed to get it with less than ten minutes remaining. A quickly taken short corner giving a Preston player room just inside the corner of the box and his low shot was again turned home by an R’sonists defender as birthday boy Alan Cullingworth got the unfortunate final touch to make the score 2-2. Stand in keeper Glen Wilson was forced to turn a header over the bar as Preston pushed for a winner, but a draw was a fair result in a game played in exactly the right spirit.
R’sonists line-up (4-4-2):Glen Wilson; Ian McKenzie, Matt Harriman, Rich Plusone, Louis Bailey (Joel Gills); Allan Riggall, Andy Sheldrake, Trevor Charlton, Alan Cullingworth; Matt Smith, Matty Findlay