League Two
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Doncaster Rovers 2-0 Cheltenham Town

Doncaster maintained their unbeaten home league record with a victory which ended Cheltenham's recent resurgence.

Club captain Andy Butler netted a rare goal in the first half of what proved to be a fairly uncomfortable game for the League Two leaders.

That was until Cheltenham defender Will Boyle was sent off for two bookable offences midway through the second period.

And John Marquis made sure of the points nine minutes from time with his 21st goal of the season.

Cheltenham, who had claimed 10 points from their previous four games, made an encouraging start and forced plenty of errors from the hosts.

But Rovers went ahead in the 23rd minute when Butler lashed home from close range after a Marquis effort was blocked.

Rovers had chances to make their afternoon more comfortable with Alfie May, Conor Grant and James Coppinger in particular missing good opportunities.

But in the 81st minute - 10 minutes after Boyle's dismissal - they made sure of the points as Marquis added a second goal.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Doncaster

  • 38Lawlor
  • 17BlairBooked at 53mins
  • 5Baudry
  • 6Butler
  • 2Alcock
  • 24Mason
  • 25GrantSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 84'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forMiddletonat 76'minutes
  • 9Marquis
  • 39MaySubstituted forWilliamsat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McSheffrey
  • 11Williams
  • 12Lund
  • 13Marosi
  • 14Middleton
  • 22Longbottom
  • 27Evina

Cheltenham

  • 1Brown
  • 23Onariase
  • 15BoyleBooked at 71mins
  • 32Plavotic
  • 2Barthram
  • 18Rowe
  • 27WinchesterSubstituted forHolmanat 82'minutes
  • 7PellSubstituted forDaytonat 68'minutes
  • 33DavisSubstituted forCranstonat 45'minutes
  • 8Waters
  • 19Wootton

Substitutes

  • 9Wright
  • 11Munns
  • 17Cranston
  • 21Dayton
  • 22Lovett
  • 24O'Shaughnessy
  • 30Holman
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
5,737

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away2
Shots on Target
Home11
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 2, Cheltenham Town 0.

Attempt saved. Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Gary McSheffrey (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Andy Williams (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Andy Williams replaces Alfie May.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Gary McSheffrey replaces Conor Grant.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

(Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Dan Holman replaces Carl Winchester.

Goal!

Goal! Doncaster Rovers 2, Cheltenham Town 0. John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Manny Onariase (Cheltenham Town).

John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Jordan Cranston (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Harry Middleton replaces James Coppinger.

Attempt missed. Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Scott Brown.

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

James Rowe (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) for a bad foul.

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. James Dayton replaces Harry Pell.

Attempt saved. Kyle Wootton (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tin Plavotic.

Foul by Mathieu Baudry (Doncaster Rovers).

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Conor Grant (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers).

Tin Plavotic (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Cranston.

Booking

Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster36219668422672
2Plymouth362151056391768
3Portsmouth361881055312462
4Stevenage361841461511058
5Carlisle36151385654258
6Luton351512853332057
7Exeter361661456431354
8Mansfield361313104340352
9Blackpool361215955381751
10Colchester36149135148351
11Wycombe36149134445-151
12Cambridge35148134741650
13Grimsby36148144442250
14Barnet361114114549-447
15Morecambe35137154454-1046
16Crawley36128164356-1344
17Yeovil361013133645-943
18Accrington341011133946-741
19Notts County36117184062-2240
20Cheltenham36912153848-1039
21Crewe36912153854-1639
22Hartlepool36911164761-1438
23Leyton Orient3695224058-1832
24Newport35611183958-1929
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