Date: 6th May 2017 at 10:31pm
Written by:

It was a disappointing day for both Doncaster Rovers and Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.

Both teams came into the game knowing they needed a win. Doncaster needed a win as they hoped to win the League Two title whilst Hartlepool needed a win if they were to have any chance of staying in the division.

Doncaster were within 16 minutes of winning the title after Andy Williams had fired them into a first half lead but two goals from Hartlepool substitute Devante Rodney turned the game but they were left deflated after a late winner for Newport County sent the down.

Doncaster started the game brightly and Williams forced Hartlepool keeper Trevor Carson into a good save inside the opening five minutes of the game.

Lewis Allessandra went close for the home side when his effort went just wide of the post.

Doncaster went ahead just past the half hour when Williams fired home from close range. The assistant initially ruled out the goal for offside but the pass to Williams had come off a Hartlepool defender and the referee overruled the decision.

With Plymouth losing, this put Doncaster in the driving seat to win the title.

Hartlepool faced an uphill task with Newport leading against Notts County at half time but their hopes were lifted when County equalised in the second half.

Allessandra and then Walker forced Ian Lawlor in the Doncaster goal into good saves but they eventually drew level on 74 minutes when a mistake by Joe Wright in the Doncaster defence was pounced on a Rodney picked his spot from close range.

Rodney then put Hartlepool ahead when Doncaster were caught light in defence and Rodney fired home after rounding Lawlor.

Doncaster tried to find a way back into the game in the closing stages and Conor Grant saw his effort go just wide and it was to prove in vain despite seven minutes of added time.

Portsmouth, who started the day as long-shots for the title, won 4-0 to clinch the title with Plymouth only managing a draw whilst Hartlepool were relegated despite their tremendous win after Newport scored a late winner.


Hartlepool United
Carson, Donnelly, Walker, Harrison, Magnay, Featherstone (Rodney 67), Woods (Deverdics 59), Hawkins, Alessandra, Amond, Oates (Simpson 72)

Subs not used
Fryer, Richards, Smith, Rooney

Doncaster Rovers
Lawlor, Alcock (McSheffrey 79), Butler, Wright, Blair, Coppinger (Taylor-Sinclair 72) , Mason, McCullough (Grant 53), Rowe, Marquis, Williams

Subs not used
Marosi, Keegan, May, Mandeville

Join Vital Donny
Join The Vital Debate

Join Vital Doncaster Rovers!

With news and views, along with a forum, polls and article comments, everything you need in a fans site is right here!

Vital is also 100% interactive. Not only can you have your say on the articles and the forum but you can also suggest an article or a poll so you can air your views.

So why not join Vital today?

It’s easy to register here and enjoy getting involved

Message Board

To visit the message board, click here.

Get involved

Bookmark and Share

Vital Doncaster on:

Vital Doncaster on:


2 Replies to “Rodney Rattles Rovers To End Title Hopes”

  • From all of us Pompey, thanks for giving up & allowing us to win the league.

    See you next season!!!

  • Like Matt says, no idea what happens to Donny to end the season? Wheels really came off, but we’ll not complain as the improbable became possible on Saturday. PUP, see you next season guys.

Comments are closed.