The Mariners head to Doncaster’s Eco-Power Stadium tomorrow afternoon, looking to end a run of three consecutive Sky Bet League Two defeats against a Rovers side who currently sit two spaces and two points above Town.
Their South Yorkshire home was the location for our last three points on the road when late goals from Niall Maher and George Lloyd completed a late come-from-behind victory on Easter Monday and Hurst will be hoping his side can pick up their first three points on the road tomorrow afternoon.
After serving his one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards against Colchester earlier this week, Harry Clifton is available for selection but Hurst cautioned that the midfielder may have picked up a knock in training on Thursday.
Gavan Holohan exited play with an issue on Tuesday but, while it may mean the Irishman is touch-and-go regarding featuring in South Yorkshire, Hurst shared that it was a different issue to the one he picked up against Stockport rather than a recurrence.
Kieran Green made his first appearance since our mid-August draw against Mansfield Town from the bench, coming on at half-time and standing out as one of the best players on the pitch in the second half with Hurst praising his performance. The gaffer did, however, caution against a potential start for Green, pointing to the fact that he had barely trained before making his return to action this week.
Manager Grant McCann is in his second spell in charge of the Eco-Power Stadium club after taking them to the League One Play-Offs in the 2018-19 season. He returned to South Yorkshire ahead of this campaign with Rovers keen to improve on an 18th-place finish last term.
The summer saw Doncaster recruit heavily including striker Joe Ironside from Cambridge United as well as defenders Jamie Sterry and Richard Wood from Hartlepool United and Rotherham, respectively.
Ironside is their current top scorer, alongside fellow summer arrival Modou Faal, with the pair both having five goals to their name so far this term.
After a poor start to the season saw the South Yorkshiremen pick up just two points across their first six matches, back-to-back wins over Forest Green and Gillingham sparked a change in fortunes with three wins coming in their last six. That form has seen them rise from being one of the basement dwellers of the fourth tier to 18th, two places and two points above the Mariners.
Town come into the match on the back of three consecutive league defeats while also looking for the first victory on the road since April.
The matches between the sides last season both ended with the away sides picking up three points with Town’s 2-1 Easter Monday victory, courtesy of goals from Niall Maher and George Lloyd, coming five months after Doncaster left Blundell Park with a 3-1 victory.
Supporters overseas will be able to watch the match live on Mariners TV for just £10 with match passes available HERE.