Ryan On The Record: Rovers chairman on Jordan Ball, Rob Jones and Jamie McCombe

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WHAT a sensational finish to an absorbing Johnstone’s Paints Trophy tie on Tuesday evening!

The game had been heading for a penalty shoot-out thanks to Chesterfield goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, until an 84th minute substitution led to the winner.

Jordan Ball had only been on the pitch a matter of seconds after replacing Robbie Blake and he met a corner with a venomous header that screamed into the corner of the net.

It left the keeper no chance on this occasion.

What a great moment for the lad.

He had only just come back to us on loan from non-league Belper Town where he had netted eight times in ten appearances.

A product of our superb academy set up, Jordan comes from Forest Town on the edge of Mansfield but is absolutely delighted to be at Doncaster Rovers.

In his goalscoring cameo debut performance he did not stop looking for a second and he did not stop working to ensure his side made it into the third round draw.

In fact he almost got a second some three minutes later but he was off balance when he flicked the ball towards goal and the keeper collected quite safely.

Talk about seizing your chance.

Jordan will now have the appetite to press for more, and hats off to Dean Saunders for handing him the opportunity.

Many managers would have fought shy of replacing experience with youth at that stage of the game.

Let us hope now we can secure a good third round draw and then look towards enjoying a sunny day out at Wembley.

Can I once again just say how delighted those members of the Alliance Draw must feel to see one of their own come on and do the business after the hard work shown by coaches Paul Wilson and Paul Stancliffe.

Please consider joining the Alliance and the on-going Rovers Lottery, two very worthwhile fundraisers for the club.

The weekend sees us head to Hartlepool, never an easy place to go but with our current away form I fancy our chances.

A victory could see us climb into a play-off position and that would also set us up for what will be a tough home game on Saturday week at home to Brentford.

Dean, Brian Carey, Lee Butler and Mal Purchase are doing a fine job with our small squad and whatever first eleven they turn out we see one hundred percent commitment and a real want to win attitude.

It was good to see Rob Jones back on Tuesday night after his one match suspension and all I can say is that Sheffield Wednesday must be mad to have let him go.

It’s just an annoying shame that we have lost his partner Jamie McCombe with his back injury that could keep him sidelined for several weeks.

Jamie has slotted in well and is a popular member of the squad, a real tough nut who just loves to compete.

He is in good medical hands though and they will work on him to get him back playing as quickly as possible.

I hope to see our fine support as usual at the Victoria Ground on Saturday. Make some noise!

Rovers Till I Die

John Ryan