Doncaster face Halesowen Town in the third round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, who look set to be without their Player of the Year, ex-Rovers midfielder and captain Paul Birch. The ex Aston Villa and Wolves star is struggling to shake off a groin strain, and it is doubtful that he will turn out against the team he was forced out of by backer Ken Richardson three seasons ago. Veteran Birch, now 37, moved to Exeter on a free transfer after having a 'disagreement' about team selection with Richardson, before joining the Dr. Martins Premier League side at the start of last season.
Birch scored twice in 'The Yeltz' 3-1 win over Sutton Coldfield that earned the plum tie with Doncaster. This result followed another convincing win, 5-2 against Bromsgrove Rovers in round 1.
Rovers youth coach Mickey Walker has been keeping tabs on the West Midlands side, and boss Ian Snodin knows not to underestimate them in pursuit of a Wembley final. Last season, Doncaster were uncerimoniouslsy dumped out of the Trophy at the first hurdle by Frickley.
Snodin said: "By all accounts they are a useful and very hard working side and we will have to be on our mettle to beat them. It would be like a dream come true for me to take Doncaster to Wembley and we would love to go all the way in the competition."
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