Stephen Clemence made four changes to the side that won 3-0 at Scunthorpe. Matthew Fletcher, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Henderson (pictured) and Armstrong all returned to the side, replacing Stephen Quinn, Nick Proschwitz, Gedo and Aaron McLean.
City went ahead in only the third minute when Jahraldo-Martin and Max Clark combined on the left and Marc De Val Fernandez’s challenge on Fletcher was deemed an unfair one by the referee who pointed to the spot. Henderson’s penalty sent Rovers keeper Jonathan Maxted the wrong way.
Rovers went close to an immediate reply but Matty Dixon was well placed to clear a header off the line.
Jahraldo-Martin then shot straight at the keeper before City went two up in the 19th minute. Maxted was unable to hold Henderson’s shot and although Armstrong’s initial shot from an acute angle was kept out by Liam Wakefield, the City midfielder just beat Jahraldo-Martin to the loose ball to fire it into the net.
However, Rovers pulled a goal back within a couple of minutes. Joshua Meade laid the ball off for Harry Middleton and the former City Centre of Excellence player drove a right foot shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Doncaster almost drew level when Wakefield’s header from a Middleton corner was cleared off the line by Clark, whilst at the other end Ben Clappison headed over from a corner and Fletcher lobbed a left foot shot over the crossbar.
Half Time: Hull City Reserves 2 Doncaster Rovers Reserves 1
The Tigers made their third goal-line clearance of the game after the re-start when Eldin Jakupovic’s punch clear was returned with interest and Clappison made a superb block to deny the visitors.
City had a good chance to increase their lead when Dougie Wilson met a cross from the left but his firm downward header hit a Rovers defender and bounced up and over the bar.
There were few scoring opportunities in the second period but Doncaster could have levelled when Jordan Binns met a Middleton corner but headed over the bar. The Tigers hung on to record their fifth win in their last six league games.
Hull City: Eldin Jakupovic, Sam Topliss, Max Clark, Dougie Wilson, Ben Clappison, Will Aimson, Matty Dixon, James Armstrong (Danny Chambers 64), Matthew Fletcher (Jack Barlow 90), Conor Henderson, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Paul McElroy 76).
Subs Not Used: Rory Watson, Nial Doran, Leon Dawson.
Doncaster Rovers: Jonathan Maxted, Andy Griffin, Evan Finnegan (Mitchell Lund 76), James Harper, Jordan Binns, Liam Wakefield, Christopher Whincop, Marc De Val Fernandez, Alex Peterson, Harry Middleton, Joshua Meade (Lewis Ferguson 78).
Subs Not Used: Jack McLaren, Callum Terrell, Ben Askins.