LiveRECAP: Accrington Stanley 2 Doncaster Rovers 1: Lacklustre Rovers pay the penalty at Wham Stadium

Dion Charles scored a stoppage time penalty to condemn lacklustre Doncaster Rovers to defeat at the Wham Stadium.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 2:59 pm
Updated Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:21 pm
The Wham Stadium, home to Accrington Stanley. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Tyreece John-Jules came off the bench to cancel out another Charles penalty which followed a foul by Joe Wright.

The 76th minute equaliser briefly lifted Rovers’ tempo and John-Jules came close to scoring again.

But goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe spilled a freekick in the last minute and ended up bringing down Sean McConville – allowing Charles to score again from the spot.

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Accrington Stanley v Doncaster Rovers

The defeat saw Rovers drop to 13th in the table, six points adrift of the play-offs.

RECAP the game below.


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Accrington Stanley 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

Last updated: Tuesday, 20 April, 2021, 20:57

GOAL: Charles (41 pen), John-Jules (76)

ACCRINGTON: Savin; Barclay, Nottingham, Burgess; Rodgers, Butcher, Conneely, McConville; Phillips; Charles, Bishop. Subs: Buckley, Smyth, Russell, Uwakwe, Perritt, Mansell, Morgan.

ROVERS: Balcombe; Wright, Anderson, Butler, James; Smith, Bostock (Robertson 71); Coppinger (Williams 80), Richards, Lokilo (John-Jules 63); Okenabirhie. Subs: Jones, John, Horton, Greaves.

REF: Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria)

Almost got away with it but shot themselves in the foot

Rovers didn’t particularly deserve to take anything from this game but they gave themselves a platform to do so with a spirited second half showing. And then came the ridiculous conclusion, with a completely unecessary challenge from Ellery Balcombe to concede the penalty which gave Accrington the win.

And that is pretty much it for Rovers’ play-off hopes.

Rovers are beaten at Accrington after late drama.

90+3min Not sure how it’s not three to the hosts

Reece James slipped on a clearance allowing Harvey Rodgers in to finish. It was a good save from Ellery Balcombe to deny him, with Scott Robertson then blocking the follow up. It looked all the world as though Dion Charles was going to score his hat trick with a free goal ahead of him, but he pulled his shot wide.

90min GOAL Accrington

Dion Charles puts the hosts back in front from the spot.

90min PENALTY to Accrington

Ellery Balcombe concedes a penalty in the last minute by bringing down Sean McConville.

The keeper fluffed his take from a free kick and scrambled desperately to get to the ball but swiped down McConville as he looked to do it.

Dion Charles to take...

Rovers really should have been ahead.

Scott Robertson carries the ball superbly from half way and slides a pass across to the free Tyreece John-Jules. He looks certain to score but draws a good save from Toby Savin.

A massive, massive chance.

Ed Williams replaces James Coppinger



Excellent from the Arsenal loanee and he has pulled Rovers level.

He exchanged touches with Fejiri Okenabirhie and carried the ball forward, putting the Accrington defence on the back foot. As he reached the edge of the area the strike struck a low effort which found the bottom corner.

Game on.

Sean McConville curls over the bar from the left corner of the box

Scott Robertson replaces John Bostock

Tyreece John-Jules replaces Jason Lokilo

62min Another decent counter

Taylor Richards charges forward from half way again. He is swiped at by the Accrington defence but manages to get a pass out wide to Jason Lokilo. The Belgian winger drives a shot towards goal but it’s a simple save for Toby Savin.

59min Almost calamity

Ellery Balcombe sucks in an Accrington forward but then slices at thin air as he looks to clear. Thankfully he gets to the ball first in the conclusion and hooks clear. The last thing Rovers need.

James Coppinger is sent into space down the right. He gets in behind and cuts a pass back but it is behind everyone in Rovers black.

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