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MATCHDAY LIVE | Boston United v Rovers

11 July 2023

Club News

MATCHDAY LIVE | Boston United v Rovers

11 July 2023

Welcome to Matchday Live - our new way to follow all the match action involving Rovers.

We will be bringing you text commentary of our matches on these pages, which will allow us to bring you greater detail of what is happening on the pitch with your boys in red and white.

Throughout pre-season we will be trialling this service so bear with us if we encounter some teething problems but we should be ready and firing for the start of the new campaign should we make this a permanent feature of our matchday coverage.

Having kicked off pre-season with a 3-1 win at Rossington Main, we now head to Boston United.

Remember to refresh regularly for the latest updates.

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MATCHDAY LIVE BLOG

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FT: Boston United 2 Doncaster Rovers 3

Goals: Keaton Ward (7), Joe Ironside (18, 28), Tommy Rowe (26), Michael Gyasi (89 pen)

FT - ALL OVER

Rovers take the victory from the Jakemans Community Stadium courtesy of a Joe Ironside brace and a Tommy Rowe strike.

90+1' - ON TARGET

Zain Westbrooke went for goal with a free kick from the left but Jake Lovelace pushed the effort away at his near post.

90' - ADDED TIME

There will be a minimum of five minutes added at the end of the second half.

89' - GOAL BOSTON

Michael Gyasi slots home from the spot for the hosts.

88' - PENALTY TO BOSTON

The hosts have a chance to reduce the deficit from the spot.

82' - BIG CHANCE

Tavonga Kuleya was released clean through but Boston keeper Jake Lovelace made himself big to block the shot.

79' - GOAL..BUT NO

Tavonga Kuleya slotted home at the back post but the flag was immediately up for offside. Jack Goodman had been released on the right and clipped the ball across the box for the on-rushing Kuleya.

76' - GREAT THREAT

Luke Molyneux embarked on a superb trademark run, cutting in from the right across the face of the box before lashing a shot which Jake Lovelace pushed away.

75' - OVER THE BAR

Luke Molyneux was picked out in space on the right to go clear on goal but he could not keep down his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper.

74' - A GOOD STRIKE

It has been a good period for Boston. Michael Gyasi fired narrowly wide from 20 yards after a good run.

72' - NOT FAR OFF

Boston's Zak Mills met an excellent Martin Woods cross with a header but sent it narrowly wide.

70' - OFF THE POST

A Boston free kick from the right almost goes straight in, rattling the far post but bouncing straight to a grateful Ben Bottomley.

68' - YELLOW CARD

Bobby Faulkner goes into the book for Rovers.

67' - TEMPO HAS DROPPED

The initial energetic approach from both sides has dipped somewhat, with the ball bogged down in midfield.

59' - FORCING A SAVE

Luke Molyneux went for goal with a free kick from 25 yards, forcing Boston keeper Jake Lovelace to push the ball away.

53' - GREAT EARLY PACE

Both sides have opened the half at a really good tempo. There has not been a great deal of final third action produced but the ball has moved at a great pace.

47' - OFF THE BAR!

Former Rovers midfielder Martin Woods went for goal from 35 yards and smacked the crossbar. He's still got it.

46' - BACK UNDERWAY

Jack Goodman takes the kick-off and we are up and running for the second half.

YOUR SECOND HALF TEAM

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All change for Rovers at half time, with a completely new XI heading out onto the pitch.

📸 - NOT A BAD 45 MINUTES FOR THE FRONT MAN

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HT - AND THAT'S THE BREAK

Rovers lead at half time courtesy of Joe Ironside's brace and a Tommy Rowe strike.

45+3' - CLOSE

Some more lovely play from Rovers saw Tommy Rowe hook a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

45+2' - GOING FOR GOAL

James Maxwell picked up the ball in space 35 yards out and fired a shot but could not find the target.

45' - ADDED TIME

There will be a minimum of five minutes added at the end of the first half

📸 OUR SECOND GOAL OF THE EVENING

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37' - CHANCE

Joseph Olowu headed wide from a corner

📸 OUR FIRST GOAL OF THE EVENING

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32' - MORE PRESSURE

Rovers kept up the heat on Boston. Joseph Olowu saw a shot blocked inside a packed box from the subsequent corner and in the same passage of play, George Broadbent smashed a shot over the bar from a good position.

31' - ANOTHER GREAT RUN

Deji Sotona robbed the ball from the opposition and raced forward with only one thing on his mind. Reaching the edge of he box, he lashed a shot on goal but it was deflected wide for a corner.

28' - GOOOAAALLLL ROVERS!!

And it's three! With a second from Joe Ironside.

It was really good play from Rovers as Kyle Hurst was sent clear into acres of space down the left. He cut the ball back low to the near post where Ironside raced in to slot home.

26' - GOOOAAALLLL ROVERS!!

Tommy Rowe doubles the advantage for Rovers.

Rowe latched onto a clearance from the hosts, shifted into space and lashed a low effort from 25 yards which deflected past Cameron Gregory.

20' - YELLOW CARD

You don't see many bookings in friendlies but we had one inside the first quarter of this game as Tom Edge was shown a yellow card for a late challenge on Deji Sotona. It was reflective of a rather robust approach from the hosts.

19' - ALMOST A SECOND!

Rovers maintained the pressure from the kick-off and were close to adding a second. George Broadbent met a deep cross at the back post and lashed an angled effort on goal which was batted away by Cameron Gregory.

18' - GOOOAAALLLLL ROVERS!!

Joe Ironside finds the net for the first time in Rovers colours!

He drifted towards the front post to meet a superb cross from Harrison Biggins, catching the ball on the volley with the sidefoot. Cameron Gregory made the initial save but Ironside collected the follow-up and slotted the ball home.

16' - AUDACIOUS

Harrison Biggins tried his luck from close to 40 yards out, looking to catch the Boston keeper off guard but sent his shot narrowly wide.

15' - GOOD OPPORTUNITY

Trialist Deji Sotona made a chance for himself with an excellent run inside off the right. He ghosted past a couple of Boston defenders before firing from just inside the box. It was straight at Cameron Gregory but he fumbled his initial save.

11' - ON THE VOLLEY

The ball dropped kindly for Harrison Biggins on the edge of the box but he hooked his effort well wide. It was a good period of pressure from Rovers.

7' - GOAL BOSTON

The hosts took the lead with a fine finish from 20 yards from Keaton Ward. Richard Wood dealt with the initial threat from Boston as he sidefooted a cross clear under pressure before Tommy Rowe nodded the ball further out. But Ward ran onto the loose ball and placed a superb effort into the bottom corner, beyond Ian Lawlor's reach.

4' - AND ANOTHER

Rovers remained on the front foot, penning Boston in deep. The passage of play ended as Joe Ironside fired straight at Cameron Gregory before thumping the ground in frustration.

3' - CHANCE FOR ROVERS

Rovers won a free kick on the right after a foul on Deji Sotona. James Maxwell delivered an excellent dead ball into the box, met by the stooping head of Richard Wood, but he could only put his header straight at Boston keeper Cameron Gregory.

1' - EARLY DANGER

Boston moved the ball really well to put Sam Essien in space on the right side. He looked to send a deep cross but the header back across was blocked out by Jamie Sterry.

1' - AND WE ARE UNDERWAY

Jimmy Knowles takes the kick-off for Boston and we are up and running here

GETTING READY

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YOUR FIRST HALF TEAM

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There are a couple of trialists involved for Rovers this evening, with winger Deji Sotona starting the game and goalkeeper Rory Watson among the substitutes.

OUR HOSTS FOR THE EVENING

Boston line up as follows this evening:

1. Cameron Gregory

3. Ethan Sephton

4. Brad Nicholson

5. Michael Bostwick

6. Tom Leak

7. Keaton Ward

9. Kelsey Mooney

11. Jimmy Knowles

18. Tom Edge

21. Sam McLintock

25. Sam Essien

Subs: 30. Jake Lovelace, 8. Martin Woods, 10. Keziah Martin, 12. Michael Gyasi, 19. Jordan Richards, 23. Zak Mills, 26. Will Hall, 27. Ryan Hand, 28. Oliver Wilson, Trialist A, Trialist B.

Former Rovers midfielder and current Academy coach Martin Woods starts on the bench for Boston this evening.

FIRST VISIT TO THE JAKEMANS COMMUNITY STADIUM

The Pilgrims are no strangers, with the two clubs going head to head in the Conference in the early 00s before renewing acquaintances in the old Division Three during Rovers' title-winning 03/04 campaign.

This will be the first time Rovers have tavelled to the Jakemans Community Stadium, which was opened in 2020 - another one to tick off your grounds list.

The two sides have not met since December 2005 when Rovers triumphed 2-1 at York Street in the second round of the FA Cup courtesy of a Dave Mulligan brace.


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