Yeovil Town 2, Doncaster Rovers 1: Glovers maintain unbeaten League One start
James Hayter set Yeovil Town on their way to a 2-1 victory over his old club Doncaster Rovers to maintain their unbeaten start to their npower League One campaign.
Played in front of a disappointing 3,535 fans, three points was not enough to keep the Glovers top of the table, but kept them level with Tranmere Rovers, behind only on goal difference.
All three goals came in the second half, Hayter breaking the deadlock with a header before substitute Gozie Ugwu got a sublime third of the season. Billy Paynter then pulled back what proved to be a consolatory effort for Rovers.
Winning manager Gary Johnson said: "To get to ten points early is really good. I thought it could’ve gone either way at half time and we did not quite start as brightly as I would’ve liked to have done, but we certainly had a half hour spell in the second half that was fantastic.
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"It was that half hour spell that won the game four us. It was not just those two goals, but we had plenty of opportunities and we looked a solid group at that point.
"Donny are never going to lie down and die, that is not their way. They came back at the end but it was too little, too late and I am very pleased.
"It was fantastic that James Hayter scored, I thought that would be the storyline. The storyline now is the result and a great performance."
Captain Jamie McAllister recovered from an ankle knock sustained in the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to West Bromwich Albion in time to take his place in the starting XI and preserve an unchanged line up.
An intense midfield battle showed signs of providing an end product on 17 minutes when Reuben Reid headed against the crossbar and Doncaster captain Rob Jones clattered through his man to deny the rebound.
A minute later Ed Upson's low cross somehow found its way through to Reid, who controlled before a host of visiting players flung their bodies in the way to block.
With chances at a premium at either end, the Glovers had to wait until two added minutes at the end of the half for their best chance of the period.
Dominic Blizzard tried his luck from 25 yards, sending keeper Gary Woods scrambling as the shot crept wide.
On 50 minutes Sam Foley sent a cross agonisingly wide of the far post before Keanu Marsh-Brown set up Yeovil's opener after 55 minutes.
His pinpoint delivery from the right wing picked out Hayter and the striker headed home emphatically, refusing to celebrate in respect of his last club.
Ed Upson narrowly missed the target with a curling shot two minutes later and Doncaster finally made an impression the other end after 62 minutes. Luke Ayling got in the way of David Cotterill's drive and Yeovil cleared.
On 65 minutes Upson burst to the edge of the box on the counterattack, selflessly laying off for Marsh-Brown.
However the attacker looked to repay the favour instead of going for goal and Rovers put behind for a corner. Gary Woods then parried Reid's shot on 68 minutes when the forward got the better of Jones.
The hosts doubled their advantage on 84 minutes. Reid released Ugwu and the Reading loanee exquisitely chipped the advancing Gary Woods, the ball finding the net via the post.
Two minutes from time Marek Stech dived to his left to keep out Cotterill's 25-yard free kick before David Syers' cross evaded Rovers' men sliding in.
In the third minute of injury time Ayling curled wide to end a counterattack and Doncaster responded in kind, Paynter halving the deficit.
Yeovil Town (4-4-2) - Stech; Ayling, Hinds, Webster, McAllister; Marsh-Brown (Young, 70), Blizzard, Upson, Foley; Hayter (Ugwu, 79), Reid. Unused subs: Stewart, Ralph, Ince, Nkumu.
Goals: Hayter 55, Ugwu 84.
Booking: Upson (foul).
Doncaster Rovers (4-4-2) - G Woods; Quinn, Jones, McCombe, Spurr; Cotterill, M Woods (Husband, 84), Syers, Bennett (Hume, 60); Paynter, Brown (Harper, 60). Unused subs: Martis, Blake, Sullivan, Keegan.
Goal: Paynter 90+3.
Booking: Paynter (dissent).
Ref: Dean Mohareb (Surrey).