Referee books place at the top

Local referee Stewart Reynolds has joined long time leader David Spencer at the head of the chase for the Championship Challenge £1,000 first prize.

The 47-year-old Thurnscoe man was the only one among the leading bunch to tip Rovers to lose at home to Ipswich on Tuesday night - but even he did not foresee the scale of the defeat.

Stewart played as a semi-professional himself with Bentley Victoria and Armthorpe Welfare - and now referees games in the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League.

He has been a Rovers fan all his life but missed Tuesday night’s match and commented: “It’s a shame they have to lose for me to move up the table.”

Casting sentiment aside Stewart, who works as a fork lift truck driver, has also predicted Doncaster to lose their next two games at Swansea and Norwich.

Joint leader David Spencer, who tipped Rovers to draw against Ipswich, has also gone for a double defeat in the next two matches.

But third placed Maurice Sowden, who had Doncaster down to beat Ipswich, sees some light at the end of the tunnel for Sean O’Driscoll’s men.

The 56-year-old former professional footballer from Adwick-le-Street has gone for a defeat at Swansea but forecasts a 1-1 draw at Norwich next Tuesday night.