The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND - By Ricky Charlesworth

DAR­REN Fer­gu­son is de­ter­mined to keep the fam­ily tra­di­tion of win­ning FA Cup matches go­ing, af­ter his Don­caster side saw off a re­silient Staly­bridge Celtic in the first round to keep this sea­son’s dream alive.

His fa­ther Sir Alex won the fa­mous com­pe­ti­tion five times as Manch­ester United man­ager and al­though Fergie ju­nior isn't sug­gest­ing Rovers can fol­low a sim­i­lar path, he in­sists a run in the com­pe­ti­tion would be a wel­come boost to the club.

Fer­gu­son's troops sealed vic­tory over the Na­tional League North out­fit thanks to Andy Wil­liams’ dou­ble.

He said: “I said to the play­ers, their mo­ti­va­tion has to be to get as far as we can.

“If you get to the third round then you hope that you get a winnable game maybe at home.

“So that’s the aim, but to­day was just a pro­fes­sional job.

“There's a lot of im­prove­ments needed but it was a solid per­for­mance.

“I said at half-time we needed to take care of the ball and in the sec­ond half we kept the ball bet­ter.

“As we’ve seen over the week­end, there’ll be some shocks but we just didn't want it to be us to­day.”

Celtic chief Liam Wat­son said his side's cause wasn’t helped by con­ced­ing so early on.

He said: “It prob­a­bly set­tled Don­caster get­ting a goal early.

“Then in the sec­ond half we miss a great chance to equalise and then gift them a goal which is dis­ap­point­ing.

“I think it was so poor in the fact our full-back was so high up.

“Our two full-backs have been at fault for both goals but they're both kids and they will make mis­takes, it's just un­for­tu­nate that it's been on a big day.

“The fans were bril­liant though and they stayed be­hind us.

“I hope quite a few of them come back for our next home game and keep the sup­port go­ing.”

The gap of 65 places in the foot­ball pyra­mid be­tween the two sides was ev­i­dent from the start as Rovers took a third minute lead.

Wil­liams care­fully picked out the bot­tom-left cor­ner af­ter in­ci­sive work down the wing from Nathan Tyson.

There was a poignant scene in the 26th minute when the home fans staged a minute's ap­plause in hon­our of long-serv­ing mid­fielder James Copinger, who had be­come the club's all-time record ap­pear­ance maker. Just be­fore the break, Tyson should have done much bet­ter than to blast over in­side the box.

The clos­est Celtic came to a goal was just af­ter the re-start but Jack Hig­gins' point-blank header was kept out by Thorsten Stuck­mann.

Wil­liams and sub Keshi An­der­son then both wasted good chances for the hosts be­fore the sec­ond goal fi­nally ar­rived on 68 min­utes. Wil­liams blasted home his and Rovers' sec­ond af­ter Staly­bridge failed to clear their lines in­side the area.

PIC­TURES: Richard Parkes


Don­caster TUG OF WAR: Don­caster's Aaron Tay­lor-Sin­clair tus­sles with Staly­bridge's Steve Tames and Andy Wil­liams is mobbed af­ter scor­ing Don­caster’s sec­ond goal

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