The end of Saturday’s League One match between Doncaster Rovers and Bury FC was as unusual a finish as you’ll ever see.
In the closing moments of the third-tier English match, a Bury player went down with an injury and the ball was played out of bounds so he could be tended to. When play resumed, Doncaster midfielder Harry Forrester tried to boot the ball over the end line to give Bury a goal kick. Instead, the ball sailed into the net to break a scoreless tie.
Forrester said after the game that he “shanked” the kick and that it “was a little bit of bad technique.”
Because Doncaster was not trying to score, the team allowed Bury to score an equalizer unimpeded.
“After the referee consulted with both benches, Doncaster allowed Leon Clarke to dribble from the centre circle and walk the ball over the line,” the BBC reported.
“We were trying to give them the ball back and it put everyone in an awkward situation,” Doncaster manager Paul Dickov said after the game, adding that allowing Bury to score “was the right thing to do.”
- Dan Gartland