Disappointment for the Donny R’sonists as their recent run of form came to an abrupt hand at the hands of the contemporaries from Barnsley. The R’sonists have been putting in some great performances of late, but began with a distinctly lacklustre first half display on this, their return to Cantley Park. Indeed the R’sonists were two goals down inside the opening ten minutes and it failed to get much better for the Rovers’ supporters team.
Unable to get a grip of the game and becoming stretched in midfield the R’sonists conceded a further two goals before half-time to find themselves 4-0 down at the interval. This prompted a drastic change of tactics from manager Matt Smith with goalkeeper Andy Harriman moved up front, Glen Wilson moved from midfiel into goalkeeping duties and Paul Cuffling reappointed from full-back to central midfield. Early in the second half came an indication that Donny’s fortunes were changing as a Barnsley forward broke free and rounded Wilson only to shin the ball wide of an open goal from inside the six yard box.
Buoyed by this let-off Donny slowly edged their way back into the game and hit back with two goals of their own. The first as Greg Sill took advantage of a weak clearance from the Barnsley ‘keeper to hit a first-time shot into the unguarded net. The second as a long range effort from Andy Sheldrake which beat the visitors’ ‘keeper courtesy of a fortunate bounce. It was to proove too little too late though with the R’sonists unable to add any further goals and slumping to only a second defeat of the season.
R’sonists line-up (4-4-2): Andy Harriman; Paul Cuffling, Matt Harriman, Jonathan Orridge, Paul Buckle (Alan Brown); Graham Moss, Allan Riggall, Glen Wilson, Ian Gostling; Greg Sill (Matt Smith), Ian McKenzie (Andy Sheldrake)