Rovers were not the only team making their home league bow today as long-running Rovers supporters team the Donny R’sonists also began their 2010-11 season. The R’sonists hosted the Kidderminster Harriers supporters team at the Ian Wilson Community Sports Village in Rossington, as the visitors stopped off en route to watching Kiddy’s opening game of the Conference season at York.
The fixture was a fairly evenly contested one from the start, with the visitors taking the lead midway through the first half. A chipped ball over the backline saw a Harriers attacker just get between Alan Brown and ‘keeper Dave Burkett to poke the ball home. The R’sonists hit back though and equalised from a corner on the half hour mark as Andy Harriman turned the loose ball home. The visitors struck again before the break though as Karl Smith was harshly deemed to have handled in the area and the Harriers tucked home the resultant spot-kick for a 2-1 half-time lead.
Just minutes into the second-half the R’sonists had levelled the scores once again as Andy Sheldrake picked up the ball in midfield and broke into the area before hitting a low shot into the far corner of the net. With the game swinging from end to end the R’sonists went in front with quarter of an hour to go as Sheldrake put in a fine cross from the right and Andy Harriman headed in his second of the game to make the score 3-2.
Kidderminster pressed hard for an equaliser but were struggling to get past Burkett who got down well to his left to make one particularly fine save as the game entered the final ten minutes. With just under five minutes to play though the visitors found the equaliser as a long ball down the middle was just taken off Burkett’s toe by a Harriers’ forward and he turned the ball in. The scoring still wasn’t done though as Kidderminster found a winner in the final minute, a deep cross to the far post reaching the Kidderminster forward who cut inside well before hitting a low shot just inside the post.
A disappointing result for the R’sonists but a decent game played largely in the right spirit. Next up for the Donny lot is a game with the Hull City supporters’ team Tiger Chat in a fortnight’s time.
Donny R’sonists line-up (4-4-2); Dave Burkett; Louis Bailey (Matt Smith), Paul Buckle, Glen Wilson, Alan Brown; Karl Smith, Matt Harriman, Andy Sheldrake, Alan Cullingworth; Marc Cartlidge, Andy Harriman