DANNY SCHOFIELD was doing his first-team chances a power of good when he was forced off suffering an ankle injury.
The skilful midfielder had easily been Town's most creative player - and had brought two fine saves from Doncaster keeper Stuart Jones - when he was clattered from behind by defender Mark Albrighton in this Pontin's Division I East clash.
Schofield twisted his right ankle and was immediately taken off as a precaution by watching manager Peter Jackson, who might well be pencilling Schofield into his plans for Sunday should he respond to treatment.
Both Schofield's cracking efforts came in the first half, but not until Chris Beardsley had put Doncaster in front on 15 minutes following excellent build-up by Adriano Rigoglioso and tricky Jermaine McSporran.
Schofield saw a fierce right-foot drive beaten away after 23 minutes and then a left-foot curler stopped one-handed by a relieved Jones.
With Junior Mendes and Akpo Sodje finding the going tough up front, Town's early efforts in the second half came from the midfield, with Adnan Ahmed going close after the best move of the match involving Mendes, Anthony Lloyd and substitute Joe Shaw.
Shaw, in fact, was desperately unlucky to slip and allow Andy Mathews the chance to set up Rigoglioso for Doncaster's second on 76 minutes.
It sparked a late flurry from Town in which Lloyd drove in an 81st-minute consolation when the home side failed to clear.
Ahmed snatched at a late chance to equalise and Doncaster held on, but deservedly so.
Town - Senior, Walls (Young 76), Lloyd, Hardy, McCombe, Yates, Walsh, Ahmed, A Sodje (Shaw 63), Mendes, Schofield (Collins 65). Subs not used: Huxall, Giles.