League Two
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Stevenage 3-4 Doncaster Rovers

Three goals inside 13 first-half minutes helped Doncaster Rovers go top of League Two with a 4-3 win at Stevenage.

Andy Butler opened the scoring before further goals from Liam Mandeville and Matty Blair gave Rovers a commanding half-time lead.

Tom Pett and Fraser Franks pulled goals back for Stevenage, before Jamie Jones' own goal appeared to end their comeback hopes.

But Rowan Liburd scored the hosts' third with a minute left as Rovers desperately clung on to go one point clear at the top.

Doncaster had hit the front after Butler took advantage of poor defending to head home on 27 minutes.

Mandeville hit his sixth goal in as many games to double the visitors' lead on 34 minutes and Blair further increased Doncaster's advantage two minutes later with a fine volley.

Pett slotted home on 61 minutes, before Franks smashed home a brilliant half-volley on 72 minutes.

Jones bundled into his own net from John Marquis' header, before Liburd struck in the 89th minute to set up a nervous finish.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Jones
  • 25Henry
  • 4King
  • 5Franks
  • 19Wells
  • 17GormanBooked at 44minsSubstituted forPettat 45'minutes
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forLiburdat 70'minutes
  • 22LeeBooked at 41minsSubstituted forTongeat 45'minutes
  • 23Cowans
  • 13McKirdyBooked at 22mins
  • 14Kennedy

Substitutes

  • 9Liburd
  • 11Pett
  • 16Day
  • 18Tonge
  • 28Kerr
  • 40Slater
  • 41Wilmot

Doncaster

  • 13Marosi
  • 2Alcock
  • 6Butler
  • 5Baudry
  • 24Mason
  • 17Blair
  • 16Houghton
  • 26CoppingerSubstituted forWilliamsat 84'minutes
  • 19MandevilleSubstituted forKeeganat 73'minutes
  • 10Rowe
  • 9MarquisBooked at 12mins

Substitutes

  • 8Calder
  • 11Williams
  • 15Wright
  • 18Keegan
  • 23Beestin
  • 27Evina
  • 33Jones
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,705

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Doncaster Rovers 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Doncaster Rovers 4.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pett (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Doncaster Rovers 4. Rowan Liburd (Stevenage) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Tonge following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Harry McKirdy (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers).

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matty Blair.

Hand ball by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Andy Williams replaces James Coppinger.

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Foul by Rowan Liburd (Stevenage).

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

Dale Gorman (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matty Blair (Doncaster Rovers).

Goal!

Own Goal by Jamie Jones, Stevenage. Stevenage 2, Doncaster Rovers 4.

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

Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

Tommy Rowe (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan replaces Liam Mandeville.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Doncaster Rovers 3. Fraser Franks (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Tonge.

Hand ball by Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Rowan Liburd replaces Steven Schumacher.

Jack King (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Marquis (Doncaster Rovers).

Foul by Harry McKirdy (Stevenage).

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

Attempt missed. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Craig Alcock.

Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Stevenage).

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

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 1, Doncaster Rovers 3. Tom Pett (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Kennedy.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Ronnie Henry (Stevenage).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster19123442281439
2Carlisle19108137231438
3Plymouth1912252921838
4Portsmouth1994632201231
5Luton1987428181031
6Yeovil198472423128
7Wycombe198472322128
8Blackpool1976633221127
9Barnet196942727027
10Grimsby197572725226
11Crewe196852225-326
12Cambridge197482123-225
13Mansfield196762125-425
14Stevenage187382829-124
15Colchester196582726123
16Crawley196582132-1123
17Morecambe1972102336-1323
18Hartlepool195772832-422
19Notts County196492432-822
20Accrington195682025-521
21Exeter1962112025-520
22Leyton Orient1953112126-518
23Cheltenham193972028-818
24Newport184592227-517
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