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Doncaster News and Features: Rovers out of FA Trophy

Saturday 13th January 2000.

FA Trophy 3rd Round.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

Chester City (2) 2 (Whitehall 29, 36)Saturday 13th January 2000.

Rovers (0) 0Saturday 13th January 2000.

Chester: Brown, Moss (sub: Woodyatt, 90 min), Ruscoe, Lancaster, Ruffer, P.
Beesley, Carden, Porter, M. Beesley, Whitehall, Blackburn (sub: Woods, 86
min). Unused subs: Wright, Kerr, Berry.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

Rovers: Richardson 5, Marples 6 (sub: Alford, 85 min), Shaw 6, Hawkins 6,
Stone 6 (sub: Price, 27 min, 6), Kelly 4 (sub: Watson, 76 min), Paterson 6,
Penney 5, Campbell 6, Whitman 7, McIntyre 5. Unused subs: Caudwell,
Warrington.Saturday 13th January 2000.

Attendance: 1,479.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

Referee: G. Salisbury (Preston).Saturday 13th January 2000.

Bookings: Chester: Porter, Moss, Ruffer, Brown. Rovers: Shaw, Kelly,
Campbell, Paterson, McIntyre.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

Goals: (29 mins): Richardson came out of his area to clear a through ball
and having lined up the clearance he completely missed the ball. The
advancing WHITEHALL took it away from him and ran unchallenged to tap home
from close range.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

(36 mins): Rovers' defence allowed Mark Beesley space on the left and he
sent over a neat cross which WHITEHALL headed beyond the despairing dive of
Richardson and into the bottom corner.Saturday 13th January 2000.

Verdict: Rovers' season effectively ended with a whimper rather than a bang
as a dreadful first half display allowed Chester to establish a lead they
never surrendered. For much of the first 45 minutes Rovers looked lethargic
and uninterested as they struggled to cope with a lively home side.
Richardson had made one fine save before his catastrophic error conceded the
first goal, but he had no chance with the second, a result of slack marking.
Rovers were lucky not to reach the interval further in arrears and they
began the second period poorly, but gradually they worked their way into the
game. McIntyre, Whitman (twice) and late on sub. Alford all went close, but
home goalkeeper Brown had little to do. There were two controversial
incidents in the second half. After 54 minutes Neil Campbell was booked for
diving after going down under a challenge just inside the area. Opinion
seemed divided as to whether he had been fouled. Then after 65 minutes
Chester's Carl Ruffer was fortunate not to be sent off for a lunge at
Rovers' Jamie Price. It seemed similar to the tackle for which Jimmy Kelly
dismissed in the Conference game here in August and it sparked some furious
reactions from players on both sides. Ruffer was merely booked, along with
Brown and Paterson who had squared up to each other in the fracas.
Saturday 13th January 2000.

Overall Chester deserved their win, but Rovers were again a big
disappointment. Their pre-Christmas form seems to have evaporated and they
are struggling to create any decent chances. Too many players seemed to
shirk responsibility, especially in the first half, and although Richardson
will take much of the blame for this defeat, others performed no better.
Some of the decisions from the bench were puzzling, particularly the belated
introduction of Alford, who came on when the game was effectively lost. It
also seemed strange to take off Marples, who was beginning to put crosses
into the box. For Rovers Whitman was again impressive despite getting
little decent service. Paterson did well when he got involved in the game &
Hawkins recovered from a shaky start in defence, while Price had an
encouraging senior debut. Overall, though, it was a very disappointing day
in a season which is rapidly losing momentum and interest. Roll on May!

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