DONCASTER ROVERS 1 SHREWSBURY 0

Spot on: Billy Paynter for Rovers
Spot on: Billy Paynter for Rovers

DONCASTER Rovers wipednout thre disappointmemnt of the midweek home defeat with a 1--0 win over Shrewsbury at ther Keepmoat.

Rovers were awarded a penalty in the third minute when Town skipper Richards was judged to have tripped Cotterill inside the box.

Bennett had looked lively in the opening exchanges and Town manager Graham Turner, who celebrated his 65th birthday yesterday, will have been pleased to see Summerfield head clear from his well-planted cross into the box.

Syers hit the back of the net with an angled effort on 10 minutes after Town had failed to clear the danger from another left-wing cross in the box by Bennett, but the flag was already up for offside.

Town striker Gornell headed wide of the near post from Wright’s left-wing cross two minutes later.

Hume showed some neat footwork before picking out Husband on the left - the linesman on the West Stand side ruling that the ball had crossed the line.

Bennett won Rovers a 23rd minute corner after Martis had picked out Hume just outside the box with a long ball out of defence.

The visitors suffered a blow on 32 minutes when Gornell, who had been receiving treatment for a minute or so, limped off to be replaced by Taylor.

Hume continued to cause the visitors problems with his clever footwork and he shot over from the edge of the area from Cotterill’s cross on 36 minutes.

Husband took the right option when putting a left-wing cross by Taylor away for a corner under pressure from Parry.

Husband did well to defuse a potentially dangerous situation by taking the ball off Morgan just as the striker looked set to pull the trigger from around 12 yards out.

HALF-TIME

Rovers......................0

Shrewsbury............ 1

Cotterill did well to get a cross into the box under pressure from Richards down the right, but knew he couldn’t turn a physical half-chance on the edge of the six-yard-box into anything concrete.

Town took the game to Rovers before Bennett helped turn defence into attack when linking with Cotterill.

Rovers made their first change on 64 minutes with Keegan replacing Paynter.

Keegan dropped into midfield, allowing Syers to adopt a more attacking role in supporting Hume, now a lone striker.

Husband, who had pushed on down the left, hit the side netting with an angled shot from Syers’ pass.

Keeper Woods got down well to deal with Wildig’s angled close-range effort on 69 minutes.

Hume was inches away from making it 2-0 from the edge of the area after getting on the end of another superb ball out of defence by Martis.

Town continued to entertain hopes of salvaging a result.

Rovers made a second change - a warm reception by the home fans when striker Brown came on for Syers in the 74th minute.

Brown’s first touch let him down when trying to bring the ball under control from a high clearance kick on the edge of the Town area under pressure from Grandison.

Woods had to dive bravely at Wildig’s feet after the midfielder was given too much time and space by the Rovers defence.

Woods made an easy catch from Taylor’s header as Town continued to push forward in search of a late equaliser.