The Rovers Youth team gained their third consecutive win to give them a flying start to the season and put them in third place on goal difference behind Bradford City and Scunthorpe United.
Saturday, 24thAugust 2013 at Cantley Park, Doncaster
Football League Youth Alliance, North East Conference
Doncaster Rovers Youth 3 Chesterfield Youth 1
On a fine morning at Cantley Park Rovers took an early lead after five minutes when BURNYEAT hit a terrific drive from around twenty-five yards that flashed across the keeper to nestle in the corner of the net.
Then, following a corner on their left, Askins had a header caught under the bar by Mason in the Chesterfield goal. Burnyeat followed this a couple of minutes later with a good shot from 25 yards that Mason saved.
However, in the 12th minute, the Spireites got an equaliser following a good build-up and WALSHAW finished off with a good strike from the edge of the area that McLaren had no chance to save. A couple of minutes later Maguire got in a header at the far post to a good cross but McLaren saved. Then Brock followed this with a long range effort for the visitors that went over the bar.
Back to the other end and, following a corner, Askins had a header that was put out for another corner. Minutes later and Terrell had a go from 25yards that Mason saved. Just before the half hour a cross from the Rovers left touchline was met with a header from the onrushing Ferguson but he put it wide.
In the 35th minute Partridge, for Chesterfield, received the ball on their right and dribbled his way into sight of goal but then scuffed his shot wide. As time ran down to half time Brock, for the visitors, shot over from distance and then, good play from Spencer Lund to win the ball let him slide a ball through for Terrell to go for. Terrell and the keeper, Mason, both went for the ball, with Terrell getting a touch before colliding with the keeper. The ball went wide.
The visitors shaded the amount of the possession in midfield but had failed to trouble McLaren.
It was a slow start to the second half but the Rovers began to have the better of the game. Ten minutes in and Ferguson hit a free kick over the bar from about thirty yards and minutes later Burnyeat lifted the ball over the bar in an attempt to get over a crowded area.
Whitehouse met a cross from Ferguson on the Rovers right with a sidefoot volley but it went over the bar. A couple of corners came to nothing and a good run in the 68th minute by Whitehouse gave Mandeville the chance of a shot from the edge of the area but he put wide.
Then Mason saved a good shot from Spencer Lund from distance. Chesterfield were not out of it but their midfield play presented little at the sharp end from their forwards. They won a corner in the 80th minute, which came out of the Rovers defence to Brock but his effort was blocked and after pinballing around the area it was eventually cleared.
At the other end Whitehouse had a go from 25 yards in a good central position but was well wide. The excitement was left to the last five minutes. A free kick from Ferguson was headed down and goalwards by Brown but the keeper stuck a leg out and the ball deflected over the bar for a corner. Ferguson placed the corner kick into the area where Askins headed into the six yard box for MANDEVILLE to stab into the net and put the Rovers in front in the 86th minute.
Two minutes later and the Rovers got a third and again it followed from a corner kick, which Ferguson floated in practically on the goal-line where ASKINS bundled it into the net to cap a terrific personal display.
They left it late but they finally got the better of a good Chesterfield side.
ROVERS team – Jack McLaren; Mitchell Lund, Jacob Dawson, Jack Steadman, Ben Askins, Scott Brown (c), Lewis Ferguson, Spencer Lund, Ryan Burnyeat, Callum Terrell, Billy Whitehouse
Subs used – Liam Mandeville for Terrell 58 mins; Jack McKay for Burnyeat 82 mins;
Subs not used – Paul McKay, Matthew Davies, Charlie Murphy gk