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Doncaster v Sutton preview

5 August 2022

After a battling draw at home to Newport last Saturday, Sutton's first away trip of the Sky Bet EFL League Two season is a trip to one of the teams relegated from League One last season, Doncaster Rovers.

Like U's, Doncaster secured a battling point on the opening day away to Bradford City in front of a crowd of over 19,000, and they will be keen to start their quest for a return to League One in front of their own fans with a good performance although they will have to do it without the suspended Lee Tomlin, who was sent off on his debut last week for two yellow cards in quick succession in one of the weekend's more bizarre incidents.

Sutton also lost players in the home draw against Newport, Ben Goodliffe and Will Randall both forced off injured before half time, and while Goodliffe is unlikely to be fit, Randall is in with a chance of featuring at the Eco-Power Stadium. You can see Matt Gray's pre-match interview below.


Saturday's referee is Ben Speedie, in his third Football League season. He took charge of Sutton's 3-0 win at home to Rochdale in March.

It won't be the first meeting between Sutton and Doncaster, the clubs having both been in the Nationwide Conference in the 1999-2000 season, when both won their home game 1-0 , Mark Watson scoring the winner at Gander Green Lane in November before Doncaster took advantage of Aidan Newhouse missing an early penalty at the Belle Vue ground to reverse the scoreline a fortnight after Christmas.

Anyone who hasn't yet bought a ticket and is going to the game can buy from the Club Doncaster Academy Reception in the North West corner of the Stadium. Prices are £20 for adults, £16 ages 60+ and 18-24, £5 for age 17 and under. Our accommodation is in the North Stand. There are still seats on the Supporters' Coach, which leaves the VBS at 7.45am, fare £35 return. Information for independent travellers is here and an away supporters' guide to the Eco-Power Stadium is here.

If you're not going to the game you can follow a live audio commentary on our iFollow service, price £2.50, although monthly passes are available for £4.49 and a season pass for £45. Before that, you can see our Academy side open their EFL Youth Alliance season at home to Leyton Orient at the VBS, kick off 10.30, with free admission.


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Match Reports

Match report for Doncaster Rovers 2 Sutton United 1

6 August 2022

Doncaster Rovers 2(Miller 90+2, Agard 90+4) Sutton United 1 (Wilson 16)

What had for 91 minutes been the epitome of the perfect away performance from Sutton was ruined in a ninety second stoppage time period which saw Doncaster, who had been second best for much of the afternoon, score twice to claim the unlikeliest of victories. It was a shattering finish to the game for U's, who had led from Donovan Wilson's 16th minute goal, with the only reservation about their display being the failure to add the goals that would not have flattered them, although home goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell deserves credit for two good first half saves, the second from Omar Bugiel an outstanding close range stop.

The goal rounded off what had been a good start from U's, and was created by Josh Neufville, starting in place of the injured Will Randall, with a burst of pace on the left of the penalty area and a low cross which was flicked against the post by Louis John. Bugiel and Wilson both had shots blocked as the ball ran loose, but Wilson's second effort powered in to the roof of the net.

For much of the rest of the half U's were on top, but Mitchell made a good stop to his left to deny Wilson a second, and then brilliantly turned aside Bugiel's close range volley. Ali Smith slid in at the far post but was unable to turn in a low cross shot from Wilson, while Bugiel and Coby Rowe were convinced that a Bugiel header had been handled by Ro-Shaun Williams, but referee Ben Speedie was unmoved and Craig Eastmond blazed the loose ball over the bar. Doncaster also came close to contributing a bizarre second when Joseph Oluwu's header back to Mitchell went past the keeper but also fortunately for him past the post.

Doncaster had rarely threatened, George Miller putting a header from a corner over the bar and Tommy Rowe shooting over from James Maxwell's cross after an attack which had started when Joe Kizzi attempted a quick throw-in in an attacking position but gifted possession to the home team. However early in the second half Coby Rowe was outjumped for the only time by Josh Andrews, and John allowed himself to be dispossessed by Tommy Rowe, who went clear in to the penalty area and was denied by a fine save by Rose.

That was the closest the home team came, with U's well organised and Coby Rowe impressing in Ben Goodliffe's absence, and a snap shot on the turn by Wilson was well held by Mitchell when U's countered. However the game changed dramatically just after the reserve official had indicated four additional minutes. First Rose came out to punch clear an Adam Clayton cross from the right, but Tommy Rowe controlled the loose ball and made space for a cross which was headed in by Miller, Rose getting a hand to the effort but unable to keep it out. 

That was disappointing enough after what had gone before, but worse followed as Coby Rowe and Rose seemed uncertain who would deal with a long ball from Clayton, and Miller nipped between them to divert the ball in to the path of substitute Kieran Agard, whose shot found the empty net despite Rose's attempt to recover his position, sending the home fans in to raptures at a result that five minutes earlier had seemed a long way away.

Sutton: J Rose, J Kizzi, R Milsom, C Rowe, C Eastmond, L John, E Boldewijn, A Smith, O Bugiel(sub K Thomas 75), D Wilson, J Neufville(sub H Beautyman 79). Booked: Kizzi, Smith, Bugiel. Subs n/u B House, J Barden, A Lovatt, L Gambin, K Kouassi.

Doncaster: J Mitchell, K Knoyle, J Maxwell, H Biggins(sub T Kuleya 81) J Olowu, R-S Williams, J Andrews(sub K Agard 72), A Clayton, G Miller, T Rowe, K Hurst(sub B Faulkner 89)Booked: Clayton. Subs n/u L Jones, A Long, L Ravenhill, J Degruchy

Referee: Ben Speedie

Attendance: 5,720 (204 away)

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