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July 21, 2018
Birmingham City 1 Rovers 0
Doncaster Rovers bowed to a late goal by Che Adams in last night's game against Birmingham City which was played at the ground of Solihull Moors. Rovers were up against what is expected to be close to the first team that Birmingham City will use in the coming season, so it was a good test.
Rovers gave James Coppinger and Tommy Rowe their first run-outs of the summer, each playing 45 minutes of the game, with Grant McCann making a number of changes from the Frickley Athletic game as he strives to give all of his squad substantial time on the pitch in preparation for the new season.
Rovers made only one change at half time, with Coppinger replacing Rowe, with six of the starting line-up going on to play the full 90 minutes.
The game remained goalless until five minutes from time when Adams fired home from close range after a good spell of pressure by City.
Birmingham City: Trueman, Colin, Pedersen, Morrison, Dean, Maghoma, Gardner, Kieftenbeld (O'Keeffe 78), Jota, Jutkiewicz, Adams
Substitutes not used: Bernard, Weaver, Seddon, Lubala, McFarlane
Doncaster Rovers: Marosi (Jones 62); Lund (Gibbons 87), Garratt, Wright, Amos; McCullough, Blair, Rowe (Coppinger 45); Ben Khemis (Prior 70), Kiwomya, May (Horton 87)
Substitutes not used: Morris, Watters
July 21, 2018
Forrester moves to Iran
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Harry Forrester has joined a new club only a day after terminating his contract at Rangers by mutual agreement.
Forrester had been released by Rangers on Wednesday after it became clear that new boss Steven Gerrard did not see him as part of his plans, thus ending his stay at the club a year early. He spent all of last season on loan at AFC Wimbledon.
Barely 24 hours after leaving Rangers came the announcement that he has signed for Iranian side Tractor Sazi, who are managed by former Liverpool striker John Toshack. Tractor finished 10th in a 16 team Persian GulfPro League, but had been runners up in three of the last seven years.
Forrester is expected to be joined at the club by a number of other British based players, with Hibernian's Anthony Stokes reported to be on Toshack's shopping list.
July 21, 2018
Mandeville joins Morecambe
Rovers striker Liam Mandeville has joined Morecambe on a season-long loan after being placed on the transfer list in the summer by Darren Ferguson.
While Grant McCann had told all the transfer listed players that he would given them a chance to prove themselves in pre-season training, it now seems that he has decided it would be best for all parties if Liam moves on.
After making a promising start to his first team career after progressing through the youth team, he scored eight goals in a nine match run early in the 2016/17 season, but injury then kept him out of the side and the following season reportedly fell out with Darren Ferguson due to Mandeville's lack of reaction to being dropped.
Mandeville went out on loan to Colchester United in January, but that proved to be a disappointing spell, playing in only 7 games and failing to score for the Essex club.
However, Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is giving Liam another chance, and is positive about what could like ahead. He said: "He’s scored goals at the level and technically he’s a very good player. We’ve always been impressed with him when we’ve seen him play and we tried to get him in the January transfer window but unfortunately it didn’t develop. He can play in numerous positions in the forward areas and he’ll add something different to what we already have."
July 21, 2018
Harriers sign Baxendale
Former Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Baxendale has joined Kidderminster Harriers after returning to England following a short spell playing in the United States to play for Alfreton at the back end of last season.
Baxendale has signed a 'short term deal' with Harriers after training with the squad for the past three weeks, with the 25 year old set to make a big influence on the squad, with boss Neil MacFarlane commenting: "When he came to the fore, James was somebody I wanted to try and get in. We’ve done that, and we’re absolutely delighted. Even this early, his attitude has been infectious and he’s been a great boy around the place and he has married into the team spirit and attitude that this group has already and I think he’ll bring a lot to us this season."
Baxendale, born in the Doncaster area, has almost 200 Football League appearances to his name, many of them with Walsall.
July 21, 2018
Lund impresses and comes off transfer list
Defender Mitchell Lund has been taken off the transfer list after impressing new boss Grant McCann in pre-season training. However, Liam Mandeville and Tyler Garratt have not been so lucky, and have been told to find themselves new clubs, which led to Mandeville's season long loan to Morecambe (reported above).
Lund seems to fit in with the style that McCann is intending for Rovers next season, with the Rovers boss telling the Doncaster Free Press: "Mitchell is staying at the club. I've challenged him to fight with Niall Mason for that position. It was another impressive performance on Tuesday (against Frickley) and I thought he did well in the first game at Alfreton. It's down to Mitchell now to fight and try to get past Niall."
McCann added: "I like his attitude, the way he comes in every day with a smile on his face. He's been good. I thought he was good again at Frickley, his energy to get up and down the pitch. He's rewarded a very good performance with a goal."