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MATCH PREVIEW - A Yorkshire Derby this midweek as we prepare to travel to Doncaster

6 March 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - A Yorkshire Derby this midweek as we prepare to travel to Doncaster

6 March 2023

Town are set to make the short trip to South Yorkshire tomorrow evening in what will be the first ever league fixture with Doncaster Rovers.

It will be a familiar setting though for Simon Weaver and his side though as the Eco Power Stadium hosted the opening home fixtures of Town's life in the EFL back at the start of the 2020/21 season.

Our opponents

This is the first season in League Two for Rovers for six seasons after their relegation a season ago, and like their previous time in the bottom tier, they will be hoping a late run can see them push for an immediate return back to League One.

They currently sit in thirteenth place in the table and lie eight points outside of the playoff positions. They have won nine of their sixteen games at home so far this season and come into tomorrow evening having taken 10 points from their past six fixtures.

They had a positive opening to the season, going unbeaten in their opening six games but an inconsistent run saw the club part ways with Gary McSheffrey, bringing in Danny Schofield as manager.

The man in charge

Danny Schofield made the jump to the managers seat from the Academy coach position at Huddersfield Town this summer, being in charge during Town's pre-season clash with the Terriers.

However, a month after leaving the Championship side, he sealed a swift return to the dugout when he was appointed as Rovers boss. He was won three of his eight games in charge so far.

Schofield made almost 400 appearances in the Football League, most notably for Huddersfield Town, before finishing his career with three seasons in non-league football.

Ones to watch

Former Walsall man George Miller tops the scoring charts so far, netting nine times, with Kyle Hurst hitting the target six times and Harrison Biggins tallying three goals and two assists.

The club did add forward Caolan Lavery from Scunthorpe in the January window and will look to Luke Molyneux to provide the creative talent in midfield.

Ro-Shaun Williams and Tom Anderson have been near ever present in a defensive unit in front of Jonathan Mitchell.

Recent 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 re-joining 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.

Rovers spent five seasons in the Championship, but fell back to the bottom tier in 2016, securing an immediate return to League One before dropping back to League Two for the 2022/23 season.

The club have played at the Eco Power Stadium since 2007 following their move from Belle Vue.

Team news

Town will continue to be without long term absentees Stephen Dooley and Kayne Ramsay but otherwise have a full contingent available for selection.

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