Fans’ Forum: I’m fully behind ‘Club Doncaster’ - Paul Mayfield

Gavin Baldwin
Gavin Baldwin

I’m all in favour of ‘Club Doncaster’.

The concept of bringing all of Doncaster’s sports clubs together under one banner is a good one.

Doncaster’s teams need as much publicity and help as they can get.

How many people in the town, for instance, really knew that it was just £10 for adults to watch Rovers in the FA Cup on Saturday?

We need to attract more people through the turnstiles at all of our major clubs.

So hopefully this initiative will forge better links with all the clubs involved and raise their respective profiles.

I am glad to see that the Belles are now under the banner too, having agreed to stay at the Keepmoat Stadium until 2018.

If the Rovers, Dons, Belles and also the Knights are all pulling together to promote what’s good about sport in the town then hopefully Doncaster will reap the benefits of those closer ties in the long term.

On the pitch, Saturday’s game against Bristol City in the FA Cup was probably Rovers’ best performance of the season.

Luke McCullough’s hooked shot looked like it had put us through to the fourth round but Matt Smith, who shot to fame playing for Paul Dickov’s Oldham team in the FA Cup against Liverpool, headed home an equaliser to send us to a replay next Tuesday night.

It’s something both teams could have done without but at least our name was in the hat, and the opportunity of being at home to Premier League opposition in the fourth round is a great incentive for the lads.

It’s just a shame Kyle Bennett was not more lethal in front of goal with the clock running down against the Robins.

That was a great chance to finish it there and then, but it wasn’t meant to be. Let’s just hope that our best chance of progressing has not gone.

Dickov did joke after the game that he wanted a replay because of Doncaster’s excellent away form. Hopefully we’ll fare better at Ashton Gate this time than we did in September when we lost 3-0.

In that same post-match press conference City’s manager Steve Cotterill did not go out of his way to praise our performance, focusing instead on how bad his team had been in the first half. I have never liked that man, especially when he was in charge of Portsmouth.

Rovers’ performances over the past few weeks have shown a significant improvement, much more workmanlike.

The pitch and the referee at Peterborough was a leveller at London Road, but on Boxing Day we totally outplayed a poor Coventry side. We’re moving in the right direction.