Second successive win for U18s.
Bristol Rovers 1
Swindon Town 0
Our U-18 side recorded their second single goal victory of the season on Saturday, beating Swindon Town courtesy of Aaron Ward Baptiste’s penalty.
Development Coach Marcus Stewart felt that his side deserved their narrow win.
“I was very proud of the boys because, after a slow start, they created a number of good opportunities.
“In fact both sides created chances in the second half and rode their luck a little bit at times. The goal apart, I think we just edged it and we looked the stronger side come the end of the game.
“It was a very hot and humid day, one which tends to sap the strength a little bit, but I was pleased with the fitness levels shown by the boys and I think we deserved to win.”
The only goal of the game was created by Danny Greenslade who scored the winning goal the previous week, against Oxford.
“Danny stormed down the left, beating two Swindon players on his way into the area, where he was brought down by one of their defenders. The spot kick was converted by Aaron Ward Baptiste, with a great penalty.”
Just as pleasing as the win was the fact that the side kept another clean sheet against a very strong Swindon side.
“Swindon fielded nine second year scholars in their starting lineup, whereas we had three second year scholar, three schoolboys and five first year boys in our lineup. At that age level, the one year gap in ages makes a significant difference.”
While the aim of the scholarship scheme is all about developing players for the future, winning games is also important.
“It isn’t just about results at this level, but winning does help the lads enjoy the game more. Essentially, it’s about learning to win, but there will be times when we have to accept losing. We do have to be competitive, though, and if the boys didn’t have that competitiveness and desire to win then they wouldn’t be here.”
Team: Matt Macey, Sam Kamara, Trey Anderson, Tom Lockyer, Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo, Dominic Thomas, Jay Malpas, Chad Douglas (Aaron Ward-Baptiste), Jamie Lucas, Laurent Davis-Wilson
Substitutes: Josh Southway, Connor Finn, Aaron Bryan