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  Blundell 45, 78
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  Mulligan 90
We're given a lesson in football and management at Donny.
Scott Stamps now faces a long ban after being sent off for vendetta on JJ.
 harriers-online match report
Friday 27th February 2004 
Harriers crash at Donny

Following the false dawn of last weeks win against Swansea we always knew it would be a hard task to get anything from table toppers Doncaster Rovers.  So it proved in the 5 - 0 trouncing by a club that have built for the future in the Football League as opposed to one that are building for the Conference.  If not this year then, on this showing, next.

When we played them in October last year the hope at Aggborough was that we would be able to sign JJ Melligan full time and use him to build our team around.  Jan Molby thought otherwise and told him that he wasn't wanted around here and so Donny snapped him up on a season long loan.  They have reaped the benefit of that move and other shrewd signings to propel them to the top while we have been down in the cellar to resurrect our cobwebbed players from the past.

This negative policy MUST stop now before it's too late.

Within five minutes of the start we had conceded the first goal when the ex Telford defender Mark Albrighton rose the highest following a Michael McIndoe corner.  We tried to reply with an effort from Stamps but there was no one available to put his low cross home.

Scott Stamps received a yellow card after crudely tackling JJ and a few minutes later had another talking to by the ref who warned him about his behaviour.  Soon after Matt Gadsby was substituted with a groin strain and was replaced by Graham Ward.

Doncaster continued to pressurise the Harriers defence and did get the ball into the net midway through the half but it was dis-allowed through offside.  Dean Bennett should have equalised for the Harriers five minutes before the end of the first half but saw his shot blocked by Andy Warrington in the Doncaster goal.

Deep into injury time controversy raised it's head when the Reds were denied a clear corner kick after the referee over ruled his better placed assistant.  Jan came close to being banished from the touchline again after blowing his top.

With all the protests going on Doncaster continued to play and went straight up to the other end and scored with a goal from Greg Blundell after he left both Abdou Sall and Wayne Hatswell for dead.

HT. 2 - 0

At the start of this half there was an immediate substitution when Sean Parrish was bought on in place of Hatswell who had received concussion towards the end of the first half.

With the loss of Gadsby and Hatswell the last thing we needed was to lose another defender but that thought hadn't crossed Stampers mind as he sent JJ tumbling on the side of the pitch.  The referee had no choice than to dismiss him back to the dressing room.  This means that Scott has now received another five red cards in just three weeks and a red card.  Could he be facing a three or a five match ban in two weeks time?

With only ten men and a depleted defence it was backs to the wall time but by now Donny had got the bit between their teeth.  Goal number three came when Ricky Ravenhill fired a low drive past Brock and number four came on 77 minutes when Gregg Blundell scored his second of the night after finding plenty of space to put the ball past Stuart Brock.

In between we could have scored a consolation goal but John Williams misfired just 12 yards from an open goal to send the ball wide.  There was also a couple of chances for Dean Bennett and Mark Yates but even though their long range efforts went close they didn't really trouble the Rovers keeper over much.

Deep into injury time again Doncaster struck with the fifth goal of the night when Dave Mulligan capped a great night for Doncaster with a long range strike on his home debut in the last minute.

We weren't really expected to come back with a win from Doncaster but for certain players to commit Hari-Kiri was just plain stupid.  The fact remains that we are not well equipped to deal with ambitious teams unless we are equally ambitious.  This must be addressed as soon as possible because it will be too late at this rate.

FT. 5 - 0

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Doncaster  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Warrington     Brock  
Albrighton     Sall  
Mulligan     Stamps
Ryan     Keates  
S Foster     Gadsby  
Melligan     Hatswell  
McIndoe     Bennett  
Ravenhill     Murray  
Fortune-West     Christiansen  
Blundell     J Williams  
Green     Yates  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Richardson     Danby  
Brown     Rickards  
Rigoglioso     Parrish  
Morley     Ward  
McGrath     I Foster  

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