DONCASTER ROVERS: Young starlets bow out of Cup

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DONCASTER Rovers suffered a second successive defeat in last night’s FA Youth Cup second round tie against Gateshead at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Beaten 5-4 in controversial circumstances by Accrington in their first defence of the Youth Alliance Cup at the weekend, Rovers suffered a stoppage time 2-1 defeat against the North East side.

Surprise winners over Preston in their first round tie, Gateshead made a bright start with left winger Evan Finnegan, recently called up for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s squad, posing problems.

But Rovers skipper Harry Middleton won his side a corner with a superb 20 yard strike which just cleared the crossbar after taking a slight deflection.

It was all hands to the pump at that stage for Gateshead, but they weathered the storm and came more into the game.

Rovers took the lead on 25 minutes, Middleton setting up a shooting chance for Billy Whitehouse, who fired home from 10 yards.

Striker Alex Peterson headed over on 36 minutes but Gateshead finished the half strongly and put the Rovers defence, well served by centre-back Jordan Binns, under sustained pressure.

Gateshead striker Cameron Nichol tested keeper Aaron Busby in the first minute of the second half.

Neither side went close again until Gateshead drew level on 76 minutes through Nichol.

Rovers were forced to dig deep on a couple of occasions to deny Gateshead a second goal. They also rode their luck at times before substitute Dan Taggart nodded in the winner.

ROVERS: Busby, Lund, Binns, Brown, Dawson, Whitehouse (Steadman 73), Middleton, Meade, Finnegan, Peterson, Burnyeat (Lund 86) Unused substitutes: Myers, J McKay, P McKay.