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Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Colchester United

Tommy Rowe struck in first-half injury-time as promotion-chasing Doncaster edged past Colchester 1-0 to secure a third consecutive League Two win.

It was far from a comfortable afternoon for high-flying Rovers against a side that had failed to win in their previous five matches.

But Rowe scored in the last seconds of the first half to give Doncaster something to work with after the break. The midfielder latched onto the ball after a fine dummy from John Marquis and clipped a shot over Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker.

The visitors had done a superb job to stifle Doncaster's passing game with high-intensity pressing in midfield.

And Colchester arguably had the more dangerous chances. Chris Porter rose unmarked but headed straight at Marko Marosi a matter of seconds before Doncaster took the lead.

Marquis really should have doubled the advantage in the second half. Inexplicably left unmarked standing just inside his own half, the striker latched onto a long clearance and attempted to round Walker but saw his shot cleared off the line by Richard Brindley.

Colchester piled on the pressure in the latter stages but Doncaster held firm.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 24MasonBooked at 19mins
  • 15WrightSubstituted forBaudryat 70'minutes
  • 6Butler
  • 27Evina
  • 16Houghton
  • 17BlairBooked at 50mins
  • 10RoweSubstituted forCalderat 57'minutes
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19MandevilleSubstituted forMiddletonat 71'minutes
  • 9Marquis

Substitutes

  • 1Etheridge
  • 3Garrett
  • 5Baudry
  • 8Calder
  • 14Middleton
  • 22Longbottom
  • 23Beestin

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2BrindleyBooked at 23mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Prosser
  • 14Wynter
  • 10Szmodics
  • 24SlaterBooked at 53mins
  • 28GuthrieSubstituted forBonneat 66'minutes
  • 9PorterSubstituted forJohnstoneat 64'minutes
  • 7Wright
  • 12Vincent-YoungSubstituted forSembie-Ferrisat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 17Johnstone
  • 19Bonne
  • 21Sembie-Ferris
  • 29Bransgrove
  • 30Doyley
  • 32Kamara
  • 35James
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
5,007

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 1, Colchester United 0.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

Luke Prosser (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Prosser (Colchester United).

Attempt missed. Denny Johnstone (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers).

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Middleton replaces Liam Mandeville.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Mathieu Baudry replaces Joe Wright.

Attempt missed. Richard Brindley (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Hand ball by Riccardo Calder (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Macauley Bonne (Colchester United).

Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Kurtis Guthrie.

Attempt missed. Richard Brindley (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Denny Johnstone replaces Chris Porter.

Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Foul by Drey Wright (Colchester United).

Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Niall Mason.

Attempt saved. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Riccardo Calder replaces Tommy Rowe because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Dion Sembie-Ferris replaces Kane Vincent-Young.

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Butler (Doncaster Rovers).

Booking

Craig Slater (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Craig Slater (Colchester United).

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth1392221111029
2Doncaster1382326161026
3Carlisle136702213925
4Luton136432314922
5Portsmouth136342114721
6Grimsby136251817120
7Accrington135441817119
8Crewe134721717019
9Crawley135441516-119
10Morecambe136161824-619
11Mansfield134631312118
12Notts County135352020018
13Colchester134451617-116
14Hartlepool133732022-216
15Yeovil135171319-616
16Wycombe134361417-315
17Blackpool133551715214
18Stevenage124261719-214
19Cheltenham132741517-213
20Exeter134181217-513
21Cambridge133461117-613
22Leyton Orient133371317-412
23Barnet122641319-612
24Newport111461016-67
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