NICKY Ajose rolled back the years to inspire Bury to their first win in 10 League One matches.
The 21-year-old Peterborough striker, making his third debut on loan for his hometown club, set up the opener for fit-again Andy Bishop before turning in a Joe Skarz corner to double Bury’s advantage.
Ajose acted quickly to latch on to a Joe Skarz throw on 25 minutes and raced to the byline before dinking a cross on to the head of Bishop, who nodded it across Doncaster keeper Gary Woods.
It was a great return for Bishop in his first start in eight matches, and rekindled memories of the Bury promotion winning team of 2011 when the pair regularly linked up to fire the Shakers out of League Two.
Ajose then capped a great first half display for Bury, turning in a Skarz free-kick on the line 10 minutes before the break.
It was a fantastic start for Kevin Blackwell’s relegation strugglers against the league’s second-placed side, who had won 10 and lost only one of their previous 14 away matches this season.
Predictably, Bryan Flynn’s high-fliers came back into it in the second half, but a combination of good luck and a wonder stop from Shakers keeper Tom Carson to deny James Coppinger’s stinging effort helped Bury to their second clean sheet in consecutive matches.
The result moved them up a place to fourth-bottom, one point from safety.