Doncaster Rovers 2 Fleetwood 0: Main man seals it

Rover's  Curtis Main celebrates his goal the rest of the team - photo: Howard Roe
Rover's Curtis Main celebrates his goal the rest of the team - photo: Howard Roe
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Doncaster Rovers produced a hugely encouraging performance to defeat Fleetwood Town and chalk up their first league victory of the season.

The hosts struck twice in a hectic 10 minute first half spell. James Coppinger provided the first with a thunderbolt of a free kick from 30 yards out and then Curtis Main slotted in his first of the season.

Rover's new boy Cameron Stewart challenges  Fleetwood's Amari'i Bell - pic: Howard Roe

Rover's new boy Cameron Stewart challenges Fleetwood's Amari'i Bell - pic: Howard Roe

The result comes as a huge boost to Paul Dickov’s side, who had gone into the game without scoring in their last three league matches.

Despite Jamie Proctor’s early header flying just over, Coppinger fired Rovers into the lead with an unstoppable free-kick from out on the right wing on 17 minutes.

Although it could have gone horribly wrong a minute later when Thorsten Stuckmann fumbled the ball on the edge of the area but Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was on hand to scramble the ball away.

Another sweeping attack from the hosts brought about the second goal on 24 minutes as Coppinger fed the ball in from the right to Andy Williams. The forward then sought strike-partner Curtis Main rather than going on his own, and the former Middlesbrough man slotted home.

Fleetwood looked to hit back straight after the break and only a smart save from Stuckmann denied a clever free-kick routine which saw James Ryan tee up Antoni Sarcevic on the edge of the box.

The lively Williams could have killed the game off once and for all on 70 minutes. He weaved around a couple of defenders before picking his spot in the corner, but Chris Maxwell was sharp and tipped it around the post.

Doncaster Rovers: Stuckmann, Lund, MacKenzie, Butler, Taylor-Sinclair, Coppinger, Middleton, Chaplow, Evina, Williams, Main (Stewart 68).

Subs: Marosi, Mandeville, McKay, Whitehouse, Carberry, Linley.

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell, McLaughlin, Jordan (Grant 71), Andrew, Hornby-Forbes (McManus 85), Della Verde, Sarcevic, Ryan, Bell, Proctor, Ball (Matt 61).

Subs: Nirrenold, Cartwright, Sowerby, Arestidou.

Referee: Trevor Kettle.

Attendance:4,876.