Match Details: 09/08/2014
Yeovil Town 0-3 Doncaster Rovers
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 8. James Berrett, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 19. Liam Davis, 23. Simon Gillett
Subs: 3. Nathan Smith, 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 20. Ben Nugent,
Substitutes Used: Nathan Ralph for Sam Foley (63 mins), Sam Hoskins for James Berrett (67 mins), James Hayter for Kieffer Moore (67 mins)
Bookings: Jakub Sokolík (Foul, 36), Aaron Martin (Foul, 45)
Yeovil Town slumped to a poor opening day defeat at Huish Park this afternoon, as Doncaster Rovers gained a comfortable 3-0 away victory over a team they were relegated with at the end of last season. An early Curtis Main strike provided the theme for the day, and despite a brighter start to the second half by the home side, Harry Forrester's goal just beyond the hour mark put Doncaster in full control. Matters were firmly settled by substitute Theo Robinson deep into second half injury time as he exploited the gap between the Glovers back line and the goalkeeper for the third and final goal.
Team selection saw Kevin Dawson miss out due to an ankle injury sustained at Truro City last weekend, and the outcome of that was for Joe Edwards to be shuffled out into a wide-right position, as James Berrett and Simon Gillett played as the central midfield pairing. The other big decision on the day was for Chris Weale to be given the goalkeeper position. The only contracted professional player to miss out on a place in the eighteen was Matteo Lanzoni, given that Joel Grant is still recovering from a long term foot injury.
The tone of the game was set as early as the eighth minute, as the Glovers lost possession in their own half following a poor clearance. Donny striker Curtis Main was fed the ball by Harry Forrester and as Chris Weale came off his line to narrow the angle, Main neatly chipped the ball past the keeper for the opening goal of the game.
At the other end, Aaron Martin headed into the side netting from a Sam Foley cross, whilst Simon Gillett forced former Glovers loanee Jed Steer to tip a shot over his own crossbar for a corner, but the reality was that Doncaster were having the better of the first half. The Glovers back line were struggling to deal with former Blackpool and Nottingham Forest striker Nathan Tyson who is one of Donny's new summer signings. Although he didn't find the back of the net, he got in behind the back four on several occasions, with Aaron Martin being forced to clear one Tyson shot off his own line, whilst Martin and Jakub Sokolik both landed in the referee's notebook for illegal challenges on the striker.
As half time approached, Yeovil did manage a couple of rare chances. Kieffer Moore's first shot on goal went straight out of the ground though, whilst another move that saw Moore fed by Joe Edwards resulted in the striker being forced wide of the goalframe, and when he pulled the ball back for AJ Leitch-Smith, his strike partner couldn't quite get a foot on the ball to convert.
The second period started a little better from a Yeovil point of view, albeit without any huge chances coming their way. Doncaster soaked up a fair bit of pressure from corners and free kicks, with the main problem being that they were either poorly delivered or were easily won by the towering Rob Jones.
Just past the hour mark came the crucial moment. Doncaster got the ball in behind the Yeovil back four yet again, and Chris Weale rushed off his line in a vain attempt to claim the loose ball. Donny winger Harry Forrester beat him to it easily, and despite Brendan Moloney scrambling back to cover the empty net, Forrester easily converted for a 2-0 lead.
That goal pretty much killed the game, with Doncaster able to pull down the shutters and put an extra man into midfield, blocking out the freedom that Simon Gillett had in his role as the main midfield playmaker. Gary Johnson put on Sam Hoskins and James Hayter as a response to that and the second goal, as well as introducing Nathan Ralph for a bit of pace down the flanks.
That almost gave the game a little bit of late drama as all three subs combined, with Hoskins' cross seeing Hayter hit the crossbar, only for Ralph to hit the quick-snap rebound over the crossbar. But instead it was Doncaster who had the last laugh with their own substitute, in Theo Robinson. As per the pattern of the first two goals, it was all about a simple slide-rule pass through Yeovil's back four, and for the former Derby County player to run on and lob past the advancing Weale for a 97th minute conclusion to the game.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.
Scorers: Curtis Main (0-1, 8 mins), Harry Forrester (0-2, 63 mins), Theo Robinson (0-3, 90 mins)
1. Chris Weale
2. Brendan Moloney, 5. Aaron Martin, 6. Jakub Sokolik, 19. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards, 23. Simon Gillett, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley
13. Kieffer Moore, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
12. Artur Krysiak 3. Nathan Smith 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 16. Nathan Ralph (63 mins for Sam Foley) 9. James Hayter (67 mins for Kieffer Moore) 20. Ben Nugent 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for James Berrett)
1. Jed Steer
22. Reece Wabara 12. Luke McCullough 5. Rob Jones 3. Cedric Evina
26. James Coppinger 4. Dean Furman 18. Paul Keegan 10. Harry Forrester
11. Curtis Main 14. Nathan Tyson
9. Theo Robinson (67 mins for Nathan Tyson) 13. Marko Marosi 15. Liam Wakefield 21. Marc De Val Fernandez (79 mins for Curtis Main) 23. Kyle Bennett (90 mins for Harry Forrester) 25. Alex Peterson 30. Ben Askins
Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (foul, 36 mins), Aaron Martin (foul, 45 mins)
Doncaster Bookings: Harry Forrester (foul, 55 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.
Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistant Referees: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Adam Hopkins (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Hulme (Somerset).
Attendance: 5,235 (including 388 Doncaster Rovers supporters)