Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.
Bristol Rovers could not win in manager Darrell Clarke's absence as Niall Mason fired Doncaster to victory at the Memorial Stadium.
Mason's first-half penalty settled a game in which Clarke could not attend due to a sickness bug.
The winner came in the 33rd minute when Tommy Rowe exchanged passes with Alfie Beestin and burst into the box only to be halted by Ryan Sweeney's clumsy challenge.
Referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot and Mason blasted his penalty down the middle, finding the roof of the net as home goalkeeper Adam Smith moved to his right.
Sweeney had Bristol Rovers' best first-half chance, but saw his close-range volley from Liam Sercombe's corner tipped over by Doncaster keeper Ian Lawlor.
The hosts almost equalised in the 86th minute when Lee Brown's free-kick was brilliantly saved at full stretch by Lawlor.
Rovers forced the ball home in the melee that followed, but a linesman had flagged that the ball had gone out of play and they had to make do with a corner.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2LeadbitterSubstituted forTelfordat 87'minutes
- 7SercombeBooked at 90mins
- 22PartingtonBooked at 76mins
- 24SinclairSubstituted forLinesat 67'minutes
- 30GaffneySubstituted forNicholsat 73'minutes
- 8O Clarke
- 15WrightBooked at 62mins
- 7KongoloSubstituted forWhitemanat 72'minutes
- 16HoughtonBooked at 77mins
- 22BeestinSubstituted forMayat 75'minutes
- 27Ben Khemis
- Dean Whitestone
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Doncaster Rovers 1.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Niall Mason.
Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).
Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).
Alfie May (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tyler Garratt (Doncaster Rovers).
Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Dominic Telford replaces Daniel Leadbitter.
Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ian Lawlor.
Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers).
Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Niall Mason (Doncaster Rovers).
Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.
Attempt blocked. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Benjamin Whiteman (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.