vs. Doncaster Rovers
All matches in 2005/06

Match Details

Saturday, 25th February 2006
Victoria Park, Hartlepool
2005/06 Coca-Cola Football League One
Match 34 of 46
HARTLEPOOL UNITED(1)1
Boyd 20' 
DONCASTER ROVERS(0)1
McCormack 90' 
Attendance: 5459
Ref: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Substitution: Mark Tinkler for Adam Boyd Substitution: Antony Sweeney for Chris Llewellyn Substitution: Matty Robson for Darrell Clarke GOAL: Adam Boyd (1-0) GOAL: Ross McCormack (1-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off Substitution: Mark Tinkler for Adam Boyd Substitution: Antony Sweeney for Chris Llewellyn Substitution: Matty Robson for Darrell Clarke GOAL: Adam Boyd (1-0) GOAL: Ross McCormack (1-1) Full time 75 min 60 min Half time 30 min 15 min Kick-off

Match Report

Ross McCormack`s stunning strike denied Pools a hard-fought victory in an entertaining game played in a fierce wind. Lee Bullock kept his place from the game at Tranmere 11 days earlier so the fit-again Antony Sweeney had to be content with a place among the substitutes. Eifion Williams returned to the side after missing two games following the birth of his second child while Darrell Clarke made a rare start in place of Matty Robson.

With a strong gale at their backs, Pools had much the better of the first half with Rovers struggling to get the ball forward. After a good spell of possession Pools took the lead on 20 minutes. Adam BOYD took a cross from Eifion Williams on his chest and drove in a shot past Jan Budtz from just inside the area. It was Boyd`s first goal since returning to the side following his knee injury. Rovers had an immediate chance to equalise, but Ritchie Humphreys cleared McCormack`s shot off the line with Konstantopoulos beaten. Then two minutes later Eifion Williams should really have doubled the lead. Having done well to beat his man and cut into the area, the striker dragged his shot badly and the chance was missed. Williams had another half chance when he just beat Budtz to a ball over the top but as the ball flew into the air Williams appeared to lose it and Budtz recovered to clear. The half ended with Pools on the attack once more and Boyd`s drive just over the bar was the last chance the home side had to take a two-goal cushion into the break.

The second half started with Rovers seemingly having been told to adopt a shoot-on-sight policy. With the fierce wind now at their backs it was their turn to have the lion`s share of the territory and possession. Michael Nelson and Ben Clark were both called into action many times to clear their lines, and the two centre backs coped magnificently as Rovers continued to press forward. Leo Fortune-West came agonisingly close to an equaliser, and Ritchie Humphreys cleared off the line once more. With time running out Doncaster`s attacks became more frantic but less controlled and with Nelson and Clark in dominant form Pools looked like holding on. Chris Llewellyn had a chance to finish the game when played in by Boyd but he hesitated too long and failed to get a shot away. As the game entered stoppage time Rovers got the equaliser that their second half pressure had threatened. McCORMACK picked up the ball fully 30 yards out and hit an unstoppable shot into the top right hand corner.

In a game that was dominated by the wind a draw was a fair result, and both sides emerged with a lot of credit for producing an entertaining afternoon`s football despite the conditions.

Teams

HARTLEPOOL UNITED
Manager: Paul Stephenson
             
9010000901-1 flag flag0081Dimi Konstantopoulos
9020000901-1 flag flag00123Darren Williams
9030000901-1 flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys
9040000901-1 flag flag00116Ben Clark
9050000901-1 flag flag0015Michael Nelson
9060000901-1 flag flag00136Stephen Turnbull
9070000631-1 flag flag00117Darrell Clarke-63
9080000901-1 flag flag00122Lee Bullock
9090000901-1 flag flag00311Eifion Williams
90101000831-1 flag flag00110Adam Boyd-83
90110000741-1 flag flag0037Chris Llewellyn-74
901200083901-1 flag flag0014Mark Tinkler+83
901300074901-1 flag flag00115Antony Sweeney+74
901400063901-1 flag flag00118Matty Robson+63
9015000000-1 flag flag00133David Foley
9016000000-1 flag flag00121Jim Provett
DONCASTER ROVERS
Manager: Not known
             
9010000901-1 flag flag0321Jan Budtz
9020000901-1 flag flag0472Dave Mulligan
9030000901-1 flag flag0013Sean McDaid
9040000901-1 flag flag0014David Wheater
9050010901-1 flag flag0015Graeme Lee
9060000901-1 flag flag0056Kevin Horlock
9070000901-1 flag flag0037Jason Price
9080000901-1 flag flag0018Paul Green
9090000901-1 flag flag0019Leo Fortune-West
90101000901-1 flag flag00210Ross McCormack
90110000901-1 flag flag00111James Coppinger
90120000901-1 flag flag00112Nicky Fenton
90130000901-1 flag flag00313Neil Roberts
90140000901-1 flag flag00214Michael McIndoe
  AgeThis CompAll Comps
GamesGoalsGamesGoals
10590760     1  flag flag0081Dimi Konstantopoulos27y 88d00
20253293     1  flag flag00123Darren Williams28y 303d00
3021442475     1  flag flag0018Ritchie Humphreys28y 87d2324
403784311     1  flag flag00116Ben Clark23y 32d00
5011131363     1  flag flag0015Michael Nelson25y 334d45
607778     1  flag flag00136Stephen Turnbull19y 49d00
70962410429     1  flag flag00117Darrell Clarke28y 71d1922
801391510     1  flag flag00122Lee Bullock24y 279d33
901371915824     1  flag flag00311Eifion Williams30y 102d4349
101835110257     1  flag flag00110Adam Boyd23y 276d
110214235     1  flag flag0037Chris Llewellyn26y 181d01
120195922611     1  flag flag0014Mark Tinkler31y 124d3436
1308581068     1  flag flag00115Antony Sweeney22y 173d1922
14045135814     1  flag flag00118Matty Robson21y 33d45
Average age of starting eleven = 25y 363d
It feels like two points dropped because of how late the equaliser came but we have to keep our heads up. But for a wonder goal we would have beaten one of the best footballing sides in the division.
- Paul Stephenson

League Table

PPts
8Chesterfield3448
9Doncaster3246
10Nottm Forest3444
17Scunthorpe3338
18HARTLEPOOL3338
19Swindon3438
PPts
9Nottm Forest3547
10Doncaster3347
11Port Vale3446
18Gillingham3540
19HARTLEPOOL3439
20Walsall3438