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Rovers make perfect start

Preston North End
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Doncaster Rovers

Deepdale

07/08/2010

Attendance: 12,190

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Doncaster Rovers got their season of to a perfect start with a 2-0 win at Preston North End.

Doncaster gave a debut to George Friend whilst Billy Sharp and Simon Gillett also started after playing for Rovers on loan last season.

Rovers started the better of the two sides and deservedly took the lead on twelve minutes.

sharp`s shot was blocked and the ball fell to O`Connor twenty yards out, whose low shot across the goal found the bottom corner.

It was soon 2-0 when Friend`s cross was met by Sharp, his shot spooned up and James Hayter was there to head in.

Preston tried their hardest to get back into the game in the second half with Paul Hayes having three good chances to get them back into the game.

The only sour note of the afternoon was when Simon Gillett was sent off for Rovers with just under fifteen minutes remaining for his second bookable offence.

Despite the dismissal nothing was going to stop a thoroughly deserved victory for Rovers on the opening day and a perfect start to the season.

Teams

Preston
Lonergan, Jones, Gray, Morgan, Davidson, Mayor, Russell, James, Treacy, Brown, Hayes

Subs
Coutts, Barton, Parry, King, Arestidou, McLaughlin, Wright

Doncaster
Sullivan, O`Connor, Lockwood, Martis, Friend, Coppinger, Stock, Gillett, M. Woods, Hayter, Sharp

Subs
G. Woods, Brooker, Shiels, Hird, Payne, Fairhurst, Dumbuya

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Writer:DonnyEd
Date:Saturday August 7 2010
Time: 5:08PM

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I would have been happy with a point before kick off. I think this shows that Rovers need to be taken seriously this season, they are no longer in the division just to survive.
DonnyEd
08/08/2010 20:13:00
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A brilliant star, we need to bring in a few more players, if we can do that we have a serious chance of challenging all this season.
1879Rovers
10/08/2010 15:43:00
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