Walsall 0 Doncaster Rovers 3: Perfect day for Rovers

Chris Brown in action at Walsall. Picture: Steve Uttley
Chris Brown in action at Walsall. Picture: Steve Uttley

ROVERS got their League One campaign off to the perfect start with an emphatic win at the Bescot Stadium - including an early contender for goal of the season.

It took just five minutes for the visitors to break the deadlock as Chris Brown slid in from close range to poke home after Billy Paynter's shot was parried by David Grof.

Walsall were starting to cause problems with their short-passing game when David Cotterill scored a sensational David Beckham-style goal from 50 yards, catching Grof off his line with a sublime effort.

It was a stunning strike from distance. And the former Premier League star certainly meant it.

Kyle Bennett then sealed victory in the second half when he cut in from the left and curled another superb effort into the far corner.

The victory was a thoroughly professional and no-nonense display from a Doncaster side who have literally had days to get to know each other.

Debutant Paynter linked up brilliantly with Brown in the first half, while new 'twin towers' centre half pairing Rob Jones and Jamie McCombe hardly put a foot wrong.

The nature of the victory lays down a marker ahead of what will be a tough, physical season back in the third tier - but Rovers looked like a team very much ready for the challenge.