Rovers 1-0 Hereford
BRISTOL ROVERS 1
HEREFORD UNITED 0
A goal from Laurent Mondo enabled our U-18 side to beat their Hereford United counterparts last Saturday.
Youth Team manager Alan Walsh, while pleased with the outcome, felt that his side might have won by a more comfortable margin.
"We made it tough for ourselves, especially after a bright start when we played some good football and had Hereford on the back foot.
"Having taken the lead with a deserved goal, we seemed to take our foot off the pedal a little bit and allowed Hereford back into the game, though they didn't really create any goalscoring opportunities.
"The goal came after a long ball down the channel saw the opposition keeper come out of his area to clear. Shaquille Hunter closed him down and put him under pressure, and he miskicked his clearance to Laurent who was some 30 yards from goal. However he simply passed the ball into the empty net for a very good finish.
"At that point I felt we were going to push on, but it never happened. I felt that we could have imposed ourselves on the game more than we did, though in saying that we kept a clean sheet and won the game, which keeps us up near the top of the league.
"As I keep telling the lads, we are developing as individuals and as a team and we have to keep progressing in matches and in training.
Team: Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo, Trey Anderson, Tom Lockyer, Chad Douglas, Connor Finn (Dominic Thomas), Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Shaquille Hunter (Jamie Lucas), Carlos Barra (Aaron Bryan)
FA Youth Cup
The win against Hereford provided the ideal warm up for the side ahead of Wednesday evening's FA Youth Cup tie against Coventry City, which is to be played on Nuneaton Borough's ground.
Alan said: "We are all looking forward to the game, and while it's a shame we won't be playing at the Ricoh Arena, I gather that Nuneaton have a fairly new stadium.
"We travel there in good form and high on confidence and as an added bonus we are travelling on the coach normally used by the first team and having a pre match meal at a hotel. Our preparations are spot on and will give the boys a taste of what they can expect if they make it through to the pro ranks."