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Match Previews

Doncaster Rovers (A) Preview

3 August 2023

We are all set to kick off another season in the Football League this weekend with a short trip to face Doncaster Rovers.

And Simon Weaver’s side head into the game in good heart after a positive pre-season that in particular saw notable performances from the new additions to the squad.

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Town will also be looking to open the season by taking all three points for what would be the fourth time in four seasons since promotion to the EFL.

Our opponents

Rovers finished last season in 18th position on 55 points in their first season back in League Two and parted company with Manager Danny Schofield at the of the season.

There is optimism though heading into the new season under new manager Grant McCann having defeated the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale in pre-season and bolstering the squad over the summer with some standout names.

Last season

In the first ever league meeting between the two sides Town grabbed all three points at the Eco-Power Stadium with a 2-0 victory.

Town followed the win up just a month later with a comeback from 2-0 down to take a share of the spoils thanks to Luke Armstrong and an equaliser on the hour from Tom Eastman.

The man in charge

Grant McCann is the man in charge for Rovers, having returned to the club in the summer to replace Danny Schofield. McCann had previously been in charge during the 2018/19 season as well as having two spells at Peterborough United as well as being at the helm at Hull City.

A former Northern Ireland international, earning 39 caps, McCann had a career that saw him play over 500 league games starting at West Ham before moving to Cheltenham, Barnsley, Scunthorpe and Peterborough United.

Ones to watch

Joe Ironside had a prolific season when he was last in League Two, forming a formidable partnership with Paul Mullin in Cambridge’s promotion charge. Ironside will link up with former Walsall man and last season’s top scorer George Miller in attack, whilst Kyle Hurst and Harrison Biggins will also provide support.

Luke Molyneux will again be a threat from midfield with the club adding George Broadbent from Sheffield United as well as bringing in winger Tyler Roberts on loan from Wolves.

Jamie Sherry has proven quality on the right side of defence whilst Jack Senior will look to make the step up to league football after impressing at National League level.

History

After being founded back in 1879 the club were elected to the Football League in 1901, however lost re-election votes soon after and returned to non-league before finally rejoining the Football League in 1923.

The club would go on to win Third Division North titles in the mid-1930’s and late 1940’s, bouncing between the bottom two tiers from the 1960’s onwards before suffering relegation out of the league in 1998.

It took the club five seasons to get back into the EFL, then securing an immediate promotion from League Two before winning the League One playoffs in 2007 to reach the second tier for the first time in their history.

Team news

Only long-term absentee Stephen Dooley is unavailable for Simon Weaver this weekend with the rest of the squad fully fit and pressing their claims for selection.

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Match Reports

Muldoon strike earns Town all three points on opening day

5 August 2023

Jack Muldoon’s penalty midway through the second-half was enough to see Town open their 2023/24 campaign in fine style with a 1-0 win against Doncaster Rovers.

The strike capped a strong performance from Town, who had to withstand a huge spell of pressure from the hosts over the final stages of the clash.

Town were dealt a blow ahead of kick-off with the news that following discussions Luke Armstrong had made himself unavailable for selection amid a number of transfer bids from other clubs. Simon Weaver did hand debuts though to five of his summer signings with Dean Cornelius, Abraham Odoh, James Daly, Rod McDonald and Liam Gibson all named in the starting line-up.

It was unsurprisingly a scrappy start to proceedings with both sides finding their feet on opening day but Town almost struck on 12 minutes when Rod McDonald barrelled through the home defence to release Jack Muldoon, but the Town forward was thwarted by Ian Lawlor. From the rebound Sam Folarin fired off a shot that the home 'keeper did well to save.

There was a narrow escape for Town after Rod McDonald's under-hit back pass fell straight to Luke Molyneux but the onrushing Mark Oxley did enough to put him off and his shot drops narrowly over the crossbar.

Town looked comfortable in possession though and attacked with confidence, forcing a pair of corners as the half progressed with Dean Cornelius stinging the hands of Lawlor with one effort in stoppage time.

Good inter-play between Sam Folarin and Abraham saw a half-chance for Town in the opening minutes of the second-half but they were soon indebted to Matty Foulds who, with Mark Oxley beaten, flung himself at full-stretch to spectacularly clear Jon Taylor’s effort off the line.

There was an enforced change for Town on the hour mark as McDonald was withdrawn with a head injury and he was replaced by Joe Mattock.

With the home side looking like they were beginning to threaten Town struck. A pacy run into the box from Odoh saw him brought down and despite the ensuing delay Muldoon struck firmly and low to Lawlor’s right hand.

The home side respond to falling a goal behind by taking off Tommy Rowe and Jon Taylor with Tyler Roberts and Deji Sotana entering the fray with George Miller soon joining them.

And this resulted in a big spell of pressure with the home crowd finally finding their voice. Joe Mattock did well to head clear at the far post before Liam Gibson went into the book for a tug on Luke Molyneux.

Oxley then pulled off a magnificent save to maintain Towns lead after a deep cross into the box was headed goalwards by Joe Ironside, but the Town skipper was at full stretch to the turn the ball wide.

After Matty Daly had gone close to extending Town’s lead Toby Sims was brave enough to block the danger and despite their somehow being 14 minutes of injury time added Town came away with all three points to the delight of the 400 plus travelling fans.

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Ticket News

Doncaster Rovers (A) Tickets On Sale

10 July 2023

Tickets for our opening SkyBet League Two fixture of the 2023/24 season are now on sale

Our first SkyBet League Two fixture of the 2023/24 season sees Town travel to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday 5th August.

Tickets for the fixture at the Eco-Power Stadium are now on sale via the below link.

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Advance Ticket Prices

Adults - £20

Concession/65+ £16

14-24 - £16

U14 - £5

Carer - £0

Matchday prices increase by £1 across all categories.

Tickets are available to purchase or collect from our Official Club Store during opening times.

Tickets can also be collected from Club Doncaster Academy reception on matchday. Alternatively, tickets can be posted out for £2, or ordered over the phone (01423 210600) with a £1 booking fee.

Away travel information can be found here.

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