Though Saturday ended triumphantly enough for Rovers supporters, one group of Doncaster fans didn’t enjoy the best of starts to the weekend’s football. Long running supporters team the Donny R’sonists hosted the Grimsby fans of the Internet Mariners Old Skool on Cantley Park on Saturday morning, well, I say hosted. Unfortunately no-one from Doncaster Council turned up to open the changing rooms, leaving the two teams changing in and outside cars in the open field, well, I say changing. Owing to an oversight by the R’sonists, their kit was en route to Whitby.
Thankfully enough shirts, shorts and socks were found for the game to begin though things were not getting any better for the R’sonists as playing into the wind, they trailed by two goals to nil at half-time. Donny had forced chances but they were struggling to get past Grimsby’s excellent veteran keeper. Eventually they did find a way through and goals in quick succession for Lee Drobac, and Andy Sheldrake drew Donny level before Christian McKenzie edged the R’sonists ahead. Grimsby equalised with fifteen minutes to go and looked to have done enough for a draw until debutant Christian cut in from the left and struck a fantastic winning goal.
As ever with these matches, it was a very enjoyable morning’s football played out in the best possible spirit. Viva Rovers’ own Glen Wilson had refereed the game and rarely needed his whistle let alone his cards as both teams played the game the way it should be played. The R’sonists are in action next week with a friendly against Sheffield United’s InterBlades
Donny R’sonists line-up (4-4-2); Andy Harriman; Ian McKenzie, Paul Buckle, Matt Harriman, Alan Brown (Louis Bailey); Allan Riggall, Andy Sheldrake (James Murray), Trevor Charlton, Christian McKenzie; Glyn Law, Lee Drobac