Shaquille Hunter returnsBristol Rovers 3
Yeovil Town 1
Goals from Shaquille Hunter, on his return to competitive action, Dominic Thomas and Jamie Lucas gave our U-18 side a 3-1 win against their Yeovil Town counterparts last Saturday.
Youth Team manager Alan Walsh was happy with the result, but feels there is more to come from his players.
"We opened the scoring after seven minutes through Shaquille, who finished well after a counter attack that started with goalkeeper Matt Macey throwing the ball out to the right.
"Dominic scored the second goal following some good play out on the left by Alefe Santos. He beat his man a couple of times and got a good cross into the box where Jamie challenged their keeper, who could only push it out to the penalty spot where Dominic was waiting and he finished with a superb, powerful, volley."
Two goals ahead and looking comfortable at the break, Rovers conceded a penalty early in the second half.
"That was as a result of us losing our shape a little bit and then making a rash challenge in the box. However we hit back quickly and restored our two goal advantage.
"Alefe delivered an excellent corner in from the right and Trey Anderson's powerful header was parried, by the keeper, as far as Jamie whose first touch took him past a defender and he then slotted the ball home.
"That settled us down and we went on to create a few more chances before the final whistle.
"It was a competitive game, and Yeovil were quite a physical side at times.
"However we controlled things for long spells and passed the ball well. I know I've said this before, but we should have scored more goals.
"As far as their work rate and effort, and playing to a tempo, goes I can't fault these boys at all and couldn't ask for any more. However I do feel that the technical side of their play can improve.
"They played some good football in this game and created many chances. If they could be a little more clinical in front of goal, then that would make games easier for them.
"They are, though, still developing both as individuals and as a team. It's a progression ands as each training session and each match goes by they can continue their improvement. No matter how long you play the game, you should always be looking to improve your overall game."
The match was a a good warm up for Wednesday's FA Youth Cup tie at the Memorial Stadium (kick off 7.00pm).
"We won't be taking anything for granted as we know that Torquay have a decent side, having played them a few weeks ago.
"They gave us a good game, though we did create, and miss, a number of very good chances before winning 3-2 after scoring a last minute goal.
"The players need to know that the FA Youth Cup is very similar to the FA Cup proper and that it brings the best out in teams and we will have to be on our game if we are to make progress in the competition."
Team: Matt Macey, Connor Finn, Danny Greenslade, Laurent Mondo, Trey Anderson, Shaquille Hunter (Chad Douglas), Alefe Santos (Jay Malpas), Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas, Josh Southway, Sam Kamara
Substitute: Aaron Bryan