DONCASTER ROVERS: Never-say-die spirit a big lift for supporters

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IF Doncaster Rovers’ two League One wins on the bounce had filled you with confidence, you may have thought that Saturday’s home game against Crawley Town - who had been beaten 3-0 at Swindon in midweek - would be a formality.

But due to the lack of numbers in the Rovers squad, all the players were playing their third game in eight days and some looked dead on their feet at times.

Despite having several good chances to score - especially in the first half - they suffered a late 1-0 defeat and lost out on going top of the league.

Town manager Richie Barker thought his side deserved all three points, but I beg to differ. A share of the points would have been fairer.

Tuesday night we came up against Championship side Hull City in the Capital One Cup. Hull, I believe, had not beaten us on our own patch, but they looked all set to put the record straight and led 2-0 after just ten minutes and it looked like being a damage-limitation exercise.

But the never-say-die spirit that manager Dean Saunders seems to have installed into the team this season, surfaced and a cracking 25 yard from stand-in forward David Syers lifted the spirits.

Midway through the second half captain Rob Jones levelled when glancing his header past the diving Amos.

The tackles were flying in the latter stages and Hull substitute Paul Mckenna, who Rovers were linked with in a possible switch with James Coppinger during pre-season, booted Jones and, after what seemed a long time, the referee produced a red card.

With the clock ticking down and extra time looming, Syers popped up with his second goal to send the stadium into a frenzy and Rovers into the next round.

It’s great that we have come back from behind twice this season to claim a victory after failing to do that once in the second half of last season.

We make the long trip to Yeovil tomorrow to face new league leaders Yeovil Town.

The game, which won’t be easy, will see Rovers reunited with former striker James Hayter, who has found the back of the net a couple of times, so far.

Tuesday’s dramatic victory resulted in a late rush for seats on the Supporters’ Club coaches travelling to Yeovil, but all three are full and some people look like having to make alternative arrangements.

With coaches costing £1,000 a time it’s difficult to accommodate everyone and it wouldn’t be economically viable to run a coach which is less than half full.

For those who have got seats, coaches leave Harworth at 7.05am and pick up en-route at Rossington 7.15am Infirmary 7.30am and Keepmoat 7.45am. We’ll be stopping at sunny(?) Burnham on Sea on the way down. Enjoy the trip…

I stayed behind, as did several members of the media including The Star’s Steve Hossack (who had his enjoyment of the Rugby League Challenge Cup final later that evening ruined by me inadvertently telling him the score) to watch the Belles take on Women’s Super League leaders Arsenal after the Crawley match.

I think the crowd was something like 372, probably fewer than the club had been hoping for, and they lost 4-0. Arsenal have all the resources they require and loads of internationals, whereas John Buckley’s team have to plead to get any sponsorship. They remain bottom but at least there is no relegation this season.