Match report: Rossington Main 0 Doncaster Rovers 3

Sanchez Payne, right, tries to keep hold of possession. Picture: Steve Parkin.
Sanchez Payne, right, tries to keep hold of possession. Picture: Steve Parkin.

Chris Brown netted his sixth goal in three pre-season games as Rovers triumphed 3-0 at Rossington Main.

Paul Quinn and David Syers were also on target, all of the goals coming in the first half of a lacklustre game.

Paul Dickov bemoaned his side’s profligacy with the ball at Retford on Saturday and the message got through as Rovers sought to keep possession from the off, without truly spectacular results.

Rovers took the lead after nine minutes when Brown met Tommy Spurr’s deep cross and powered a header home. And two minutes later the lead was doubled when Quinn lashed in from 25 yards after a Dean Furman free kick was blocked.

Rovers increased the advantage on 20 minutes.

After good interplay between Furman and Danny Phlliskirk, the ball was threaded through to Syers on the edge of the box and his low drive was too powerful for Jordan Wildey to keep out.

As the half wore on, Rovers’ faced a renewed endeavour from their hosts who began to enjoy their first real spells with the ball without ever really threatening in the final third.

Brown saw out the half by rattling the bar with a header from a Spurr cross.

Rovers fielded a much more youthful side after the break with several youth team graduates given 45 minutes.

And it was the young contingent who provided the best of their chances.

Harry Middleton was particularly lively in a midfield three, going close from outside the box twice and poking a shot wide after charging into the area.

Towering striker Alex Peterson imposed himself on the Rossington rearguard, turning headers on target including one from a corner that was cleared off the line.

And Josh Meade produced a superb save from the Rossington keeper with a piledriver from the edge of the area but Rovers could not add to their first half tally.

*Rovers: First half: Maxted, Quinn, McCombe, Mvoto, Spurr, Payne, Furman, Syers, Husband, Philliskirk, Brown. Subs: Waring, Wakefield.

*Second half: Maxted, Griffin, Jones, McCullough, Finnegan, Middleton, Fernandez, Meade, Whincop, Paynter, Peterson. Subs: Waring, Wakefield.