RECAP: Rossington Main 0 Doncaster Rovers 4: Comfortable if unspectacular in first friendly

Doncaster Rovers kick off their pre-season programme with a trip to local non-league side Rossington Main – and you can follow the action as it happens.

By Liam Hoden
Saturday, 10th July 2021, 4:53 pm
The Rovers squad warms up proper to the friendly with Rossington Main at Oxford Street. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX
The Rovers squad warms up proper to the friendly with Rossington Main at Oxford Street. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX

Join us from Oxford Road as we bring coverage of the first friendly of the Richie Wellens era - and the first time supporters can see Rovers in the flesh for 16 months. Remember to REFRESH regularly for the latest updates.

Sign up to our daily newsletter


In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.

Rossington Main 0 Doncaster Rovers 4

Last updated: Saturday, 10 July, 2021, 16:56

GOALS: Barlow (35, 40, 43), Oteh (66)


First half: Jones; Knoyle, Blythe, Williams, Rowe; Smith, Bostock, Close; Barlow, Bogle, Gardner.

Second half: Jones (Bottomley 64); Seaman, Akinola, John, Flanagan; Greaves, Bailey, Colkett; Thomas (Hasani 56), Oteh, Horton.

Not the greatest, but it shook a few cobwebs off

That wasn’t the most spectacular of performances from a Rovers perspective and, in truth, it was a bit of a slog at times.

But it will have succeeded in shaking off a few cobwebs while giving Rovers the chance to put into practice a few bits and pieces.

No doubt the name of trialist Aidan Barlow will be buzzing around supporters after his first half hat trick.

It’s a 4-0 win for Rovers at Rossington Main, with a hat trick from Aidan Barlow and a Aramide Oteh penalty.

AJ Greaves curls narrowly over from 20 yards in the final act of the game.

A nicely worked free kick from Rovers sees the Charlie Seaman chest the ball down and lash a volley narrowly wide of the near post.

It’s been lots of possession for Rovers so far in this second half for Rovers without the penetration they enjoyed in the first half.

After a bizarrely timed drinks break between the awarding of the penalty and the taking of it, Aramide Oteh slams home from the spot to make it four for Rovers.

Ben Bottomley replaces Louis Jones in goal as we have a drinks break

Aramide Oteh is clipped by the Rossington keeper and the referee awards a penalty

Trialist Nathan Thomas has been forced off through injury with Lirak Hasani coming on.

Page 1 of 4