WHEN Jon Stead was collared for a drugs test, it was the only time he was held up all day!
Town's sought-after frontman lured Doncaster to destruction with the sort of display which once earned mentor Andy Booth a megabucks move to the Premier League.
On this evidence - he scored two fine goals to make it 17 for the season, claimed the assist for Jon Worthington's first ever McAlpine strike and generally scared the hell out of the visitors - it would be no surprise if Stead followed.
It would leave Town with a massive goalscoring void to fill if they are to build on three straight holiday wins and sustain a promotion challenge, but money is sure to talk if Stead keeps on playing like this.
Not that Saturday was a one-man show, far from it.
Town turned in a tremendous team performance to topple Dave Penney's promotion chasers, delight the home contingent in a second highest crowd of the season and impress the armchair public watching John Helm's extended YTV highlights.
Mean at the back, vivacious in midfield and dangerous up front, the display had Huddersfield stamped all the way through it with seven Academy-produced players in the starting line-up - and the battling spirit was there for all to see.
Everyone did their bit and, even though there were a few scary moments after Greg Blundell pulled one back for Doncaster 18 minutes from time, this was Town's day to march proudly back into the play-off placings.
Shorn of the injured Booth and suspended Fowler, credit manager Peter Jackson for his effective reshuffle of resources and for his faith in playing Nat Brown alongside Stead up front.
Brown has impressed as a centre-back and wing-back over the past 12 months and showed his versatility with a man-of-the-match performance on the right wing against Bury, but on Saturday he was superb in what Jackson believes is his best position.
The lanky contributor - known as Choppy because he looks like Paulo Wanchope - played a lot like the Costa Rican at times and if he could have finished one of the two great chances which came his way, he would probably have got top mark.
He still won header after header, held the ball up well, used his pace and strength to release others and ran himself to a standstill in a show which clearly inspired his colleagues.
Nathan Clarke was awesome at the back, where he cleared up any bits from the strong marking jobs done by Efe Sodje on Leo Fortune-West and Steve Yates on Blundell.
Anthony Lloyd marked JJ Melligan out of the game so well that Doncaster manager Dave Penney took his Wolves loan man off, while Andy Holdsworth's only mistake was to miss the pass which released Michael McIndoe to set up Blundell's goal.
In midfield, skipper Rob Edwards was a massive ball-winning influence and his presence allowed Danny Schofield to raid with freedom and Worthington to work effectively between the boxes.
Schofield, in fact, ran his hometown club ragged and was the first to test keeper Andy Warrington with a cracking left-foot drive on 11 minutes. Sodje's header from the following corner was cleared from near the line by Adriano Rigoglioso and illustrated the uneasiness in Doncaster's defence.
Stead exploited that to release Brown for his first clear chance, only for Warrington to save bravely on the deck, while Stead had rippled the side netting with a fierce drive by the time he opened the scoring on 42 minutes - heading home as Brown flicked on a brilliant Edwards corner.
The lead was no more than Town deserved because they maintained creative momentum despite a long hold-up to replace injured linesman Chris Reeves with fourth official Stuart Wilson - Town's club photographer Dave Wright (a fully qualified referee) taking over duties between the dug-outs.
Doncaster threatened a livelier second-half display with Melligan, Blundell and McIndoe making breaks, but Town were in no mood to buckle and produced counter attacks packed with flair, purpose and promise.
They delivered, too, following a Clarke clearance on 69 minutes which flicked off the head of substitute John Doolan and was seized upon by Brown.
He moved forward before supplying Stead for a first touch and finish which would certainly not have looked out of place in the top flight.
Even though Doncaster struck back and hit a post (although the offside flag was up), Town still went close through Brown and Stead (twice) before Senior made his most telling contribution - diving to keep out Morley's header on 79 minutes.
To be pegged back to level at that stage would have severely rocked Town's chances, but it was only three minutes later when another excellent break resulted in Worthington's close-range finish.
Penney conceded Stead had been the biggest thorn in Doncaster's side and tipped Town for the play-offs, "providing they can sort out their away form."
Jackson was rightly proud of his team, and the standing ovation at the end suggested most of the fans were as well.
This was a splendid performance and result and one which should breathe fresh confidence for a promotion surge.
HOW THEY RATED: Phil Senior Protected superbly by his defence, but made a vital save from Morley to prevent Rovers levelling on 79 minutes Rating: 8/10
Andy Holdsworth Made just one mistake to allow McIndoe to race free and set up Rovers' goal, but otherwise an excellent display Rating: 8/10
Anthony Lloyd Kept Melligan so quiet that Rovers were forced to take him off. Raided forward well on a number of occasions Rating: 8/10
Steve Yates Had a tremendous battle with Blundell and came out the winner. Made a string of sensible clearances Rating: 8/10
Efe Sodje Huge effort to keep Fortune-West bottled and some of his headers were simply towering. Excellent Rating: 8/10
Nathan Clarke Terrific display at sweeper and made no end of telling tackles. Even raided forward twice on the break! Rating: 8/10
Rob Edwards Super midfield effort and the driving force for long spells. Won loads of loose ball and prompted attacks well Rating: 8/10
Jon Worthington Deserved his first goal at the McAlpine and a contender for top man. Worked hard at both ends of the pitch Rating: 8/10
Danny Schofield Another to shine against his home club and his trickery on the ball gave Doncaster plenty of problems Rating: 8/10
Nat Brown Chased lost causes up front and as near as anyone to top mark. He deserved a goal for sheer hard graft Rating: 8/10
Jon Stead Scored two smashing goals to take his tally for the season to 17, but he played brilliantly throughout the game Rating: 9/10
Subs used: Town: Hughes for Lloyd 90. Doncaster: Doolan for Green 62, Hynes for Melligan 77.
Subs not used: Town: Giles, Onibuje, Mattis, Thorrington. Doncaster: Albrighton, Ravenhill, Richardson.
Scorers: Town: Stead 42 & 69, Worthington 82. Doncaster: Blundell 72.
Referee: Colin Webster (Tyne & Wear).
Bookings: Town: None. Doncaster: Ryan, Rigoglioso.
Shots on target: Town 12, Doncaster 3.
Corners: Town 6, Doncaster 6.
Caught offside: Town 5, Doncaster 3.
Free-kicks awarded: Town 11, Doncaster 14.
Attendance: 13,044 (Away: 3,007).