DONCASTER Rovers hopes of completing their relegation season with an unbeaten three-match run were thwarted with a 3-2 home defeat to Ipswich Town.
Martin won the Blues a corner seconds later with a shot from the edge of the box which keeper Gary Woods, who seemed to see the ball late, could only turn past the near post.
Centre-back Delaney ballooned the ball over from outside the box from the resulting cross.Beye was forced to concede a second corner on seven minutes under pressure from Martin.
Ipswich won their fifth corner from which SMITH headed them into the lead from Martin’s cross in the tenth minute.
They went close to a second on 15 minutes when Smith headed against the crossbar.Rovers’ lone striker Hayter volleyed over from close-range after good work by Coppinger and Robert in the build-up.Ipswich, who had the blustery wind at their backs, doubled their lead on 29 minutes when Stevenson’s 30-yard shot, which hit the under-side of the bar, was deemed to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.
Robert fed the ball through to Coppinger - a target for Ipswich last summer - but he appeared to lose his footing and the move fizzled out. Rovers pulled a goal back on 34 minutes when Robert got on the end of Gillett’s left-wing cross and put the goal past keeper Lee-Barrett from about seven yards out.
The lively Robert had the ball in the back of the net again three minutes later but his header was disallowed for offside.
Rovers had come more into the game and Ipswich keeper Lee-Barrett was again called into action to smother a 20-yard shot.
Martin was booked for a foul on Husband following a clash of heads in the box in the 43rd minute.
HALF-TIME: Rovers 1 Ipswich 2
Beye headed just wide of the left-hand post from Coppinger’s 47th minute free-kick.Woods was also forced to punch clear under pressure from a cross into the box by Murphy.
Hayter then flicked the ball wide after getting on the end of a left-wing cross by Robert.Rovers made a change on the hour with the more attack-minded Bennett coming on for Hird, who had put in a good shift.Rovers skipper Friend was booked for a 63rd minute foul.
The visitors made a change on 66 minutes with Scotland replacing fellow striker Murphy.Rovers made a second change on 75 minutes with injury-plagued midfielder Martin Woods taking over from Oster. Town also replaced leading scorer Chopra with Bullard.
Town effectively wrapped up the game on 77 minutes when Beye brought down SCOTLAND just inside the box and the big striker made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick to make it 3-1.
Town made a third change with youngster Lawrence replacing Emmanuel-Thomas.
Woods saved from Stevenson, who had done well to get a shot away on the edge of the box under pressure from O’Connor after getting on the end of Bullard’s ball.
Scotland tested Woods, who couldn’t hold onto the ball and eventually gave away a penalty under pressure from Lawrence, with a 20-yarder in the last minute of normal time.
BEYE made amends for giving away a penalty in stoppage time when beating Lee-Barrett from close range to make it 3-2.