Doncaster’s promis­ing start to sea­son is halted

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

TWO calami­tous sec­ond-half min­utes saw Doncaster Rovers’ un­beaten start to the sea­son ended with this de­feat at AFC Wim­ble­don.

Goals from Kwesi Ap­piah and Andy Bar­cham just be­fore the hour mark se­cured a first win of the cam­paign for the hosts at Kingsmeadow.

This was a des­per­ately ane­mic per­for­mance from Rovers, who lacked in­ven­tion and en­ergy un­til find­ing them­selves two goals adrift.

It brought down the cur­tain on what had been a su­perb open­ing month of the cam­paign back in League One.

Man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son made once change to the side that had drawn 3-3 with Black­pool a week ear­lier, hand­ing a start to Al­fie May fol­low­ing his run of four goals in four games. Liam Man­dev­ille dropped to the bench.

The first half hour brought no ef­forts on goal from ei­ther side and Rovers strug­gled to set­tle against an en­er­getic Wim­ble­don out­fit in the early stages, but be­gan to find their feet.

They started the sec­ond half the stronger and be­gan to find more space in the op­po­si­tion half. But Wim­ble­don took the lead on 57 min­utes. Ap­piah brought the ball down on the edge of the box and turned in one fluid mo­tion, putting him oneon-one with Ian Lawlor and he slot­ted home su­perbly.

Be­fore Rovers could catch their breath, they were two goals down. Bar­cham gal­loped for­ward and slammed in a shot from 20 yards that rat­tled in off the in­side of a post.

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