Match analysis: Weston-Super-Mare 1 Doncaster Rovers 4

Curtis Main fires on goal
Curtis Main fires on goal

Paul Dickov is set for a return to former employers Oldham Athletic after his clinical Rovers side booked their place in the FA Cup second round.

Boss Dickov will now head confidently to take on his ex-club on December 6 as his current bunch strolled to a dominant win over Weston-Super-Mare in last night’s re-arranged fixture.

A young fan celebrates the non-league v League One clash

A young fan celebrates the non-league v League One clash

There had been no hint of this game being postponed at the hosts’ quaint Woodspring Stadium with the pitch in superb condition.

Rovers thought they’d got off to a dream start when the ball was in the hosts’ net after only two minutes.

Paul Keegan poked the ball home following an in-swinging corner-kick, but referee Mr Robinson curtailed celebrations once he had spotted a flag.

There were no questions asked when Curtis Main broke the deadlock in the 16th minute.

Richie Wellens scores Rovers' fourth

Richie Wellens scores Rovers' fourth

The recalled Kyle Bennett cut in from the left and drove in a low shot which Main touched home from close range to register his third goal of the season, and the second in three games.

Mickey Bell’s Seagulls might be struggling currently in Conference South, but they rallied well after falling behind.

They enjoyed plenty of possession without truly threatening Sam Johnstone’s goal, while at the other end home ‘keeper Luke Purnell brilliantly kept out Theo Robinson’s point-blank header.

Main would make no mistake as he tapped home his second from three yards after Purnell could only parry James Coppinger’s stinging shot.

Skipper Coppinger bagged a classy strike to make it 3-0 seconds before the interval.

Weston heads were already down when the livewire wide-man latched on to Richie Wellens’ pass, swivelled and fired home a superb volley into the top corner.

Surely it was already ‘job done’ for Dickov’s men with a full half still remaining.

The hosts enjoyed a much-improved opening ten minutes of the second period. Ryan Bath and Dayle Grubb both went close, while the former fluffed a terrific second opportunity when he blazed wastefully over the top from 12 yards.

Rovers punished Weston’s profligacy in the 64th minute when Wellens chipped home superbly after meeting Bennett’s through-ball.

Bennett was almost the provider of a fifth goal 15 minutes from time. The impressive midfielder teed up Main this time, only for the Rovers striker to blast disappointingly over the top as he charged menacingly into the box.

That didn’t matter, though. Rovers had eased comfortably into the next round of the cup despite Liam Monelle’s scrappy consolation goal in the final seconds of stoppage-time.

Weston: Purnell, Grubb, Barnes, Jordan, Cane, McClennan (Teale 80), Fortune, Brown, Mawford, Ash (Monelle 71), Bath (Harris 71).Subs not used: Llewellyn, Fiddes, Jackson, Camper.

Doncaster: Johnstone, McCullough, Butler, Wabara, Stevens, Coppinger (Forrester 71), Keegan (De Val 71), Wellens, Bennett (Whitehouse 79), Main, Robinson. Subs not used: Marosi, Tyson, Wakefield, Middleton.

Goals: Main 16, 36, Coppinger 45, Wellens 63, Monelle 90