Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Lincoln City match report - Imps slip to second successive defeat

Sports: Doncaster Rovers 2-1 Lincoln City match report – Imps slip to second successive defeat

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A late goal from Doncaster Rovers substitute Jon Taylor condemned Lincoln City to their second successive defeat in League One.

Niall Ennis rifled Rovers into an early lead, but the Imps stayed in the game and deservedly levelled through Jorge Grant’s first goal for the club 12 minutes into the second half.

City threatened to grab a winner, but it was Doncaster who scored again seven minutes from time when Taylor scrambled the ball home following a couple of good saves from Josh Vickers.

 

After Danny Cowley kept faith with the side which started Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat MK Dons, the Imps showed plenty of attacking promise in the opening stages.

Grant had the first effort at goal with a free-kick on the corner of the Rovers box, but his shot, which bounced awkwardly in front of Ian Lawlor, was well held by the Rovers keeper.

Lawlor provided the assist as Doncaster took the lead slightly against the run of play in the 13th minute.

Niall Ennis fires Doncaster in front
Niall Ennis fires Doncaster in front
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

Following his long clearance, Ennis did well to shrug off Michael Bostwick and find space before thumping a superb effort into the top corner of the net.

Buoyed by taking the lead, Rovers bossed the next passage of play and almost doubled their advantage on 27 minutes when veteran James Coppinger’s low cross was met by Ennis, but Vickers blocked his close range effort.

The Imps regrouped and enjoyed a good spell in the run-up to half-time, forcing a succession of corners, but Lawlor wasn’t forced into a serious save.

Rovers almost struck again just behind the break when Cameron John’s header from a corner needed to be tipped over by Vickers.

There was a scare for the Imps early in the second half when Bostwick, in trying to cut out Reece James’s cross, sliced the ball narrowly over his own bar. The Imps centre-back then headed away the resulting corner.

City equalised with their first meaningful attack of the second half. Patient play around the Rovers box ended with Walker’s cross finding Grant, who slotted home in front of the 3,000 travelling fans after getting away from his marker.

Lincoln City's Jorge Grant scores his side's equaliser against Doncaster
Lincoln City’s Jorge Grant scores his side’s equaliser against Doncaster
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

Lincoln City's Jorge Grant celebrates making it 1-1 against Doncaster
Lincoln City’s Jorge Grant celebrates making it 1-1 against Doncaster
(Image: CameraSport – Chris Vaughan)

The Imps thought they should have had a penalty soon after when, following a corner, Jason Shackell went down under a challenge. The City players and fans appealed wildly for a spot-kick, but referee Craig Hicks was unmoved.

Substitute Bruno Andrade caused problems after replacing Harry Anderson midway through the half. After winning a free-kick just outside the Rovers box, he then got on the end of Grant’s set-piece, but, perhaps surprised that the ball had reached him, headed wide before holding his head in frustration.

It proved to be a key moment as Rovers retook the lead soon after.

Vickers made two excellent saves, but Lincoln couldn’t clear their lines and fellow substitute squared to Taylor, who forced the ball home amid a crowded box.

The Imps had a great chance to equalise again as the match entered five minutes of added time, but John Akinde planted a free header over the bar.

Match facts

Rovers: Lawlor; Halliday, James, T.Anderson, Sadlier, Whiteman, Gomes (Blair 87), May (Sterling 72), Coppinger (Taylor 72), Ennis, John.

Subs: Dieng, Crawford, Blaney, Longbottom.

Goals: Ennis 13, Taylor 83.

Imps: Vickers; Eardley, Bostwick, Shackell, Toffolo; O’Connor (Chapman 89), Morrell; Anderson (Andrade 67), Payne, Grant; Walker (Akinde 68).

Subs: Smith, Bolger, Lewis, Sault.

Goals: Grant 57.

Attendance: 10,117 (3,120 visitors).



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