Hereford 0-2 Rovers
HEREFORD UNITED 0
BRISTOL ROVERS 2
Goals from Alefe Santos and Trey Anderson gave our U-18 side a 2-0 win against Hereford United last Saturday.
The game was in doubt, though, and only went ahead after a pitch inspection.
"It was a game we needed to win, to stand any chance of winning the league, and the lads did really well on a very difficult playing surface," said Youth team manager Alan Walsh. "However we played really well in the first half. We adapted to the conditions, played some good football, and were two goals ahead at the break.
"We had Hereford on the back foot for most of the half and, apart from one goalmouth scramble, they didn't really trouble us."
The first goal came from an Alefe Santos free kick: "He hit a great ball to the back post, which beat everyone and fell at Trey Anderson's feet and he beat the keeper from close range.
"I think we deserved to be in front at that point and we went on to add a second after 35 minutes. Alefe got free some 25 yards out and hit a shot that looked as though it was going wide, but it crept into the bottom corner of the net to double our advantage."
There were no further goals in an even second half.
"We were playing against the wind, and the pitch began to cut up, making things difficult for both sides. Hereford threw men forward and it was a fairly even half. However we battled well and, overall, I felt we deserved the win."
Team: Matt Macey, Josh Southway, Pat Keary, Trey Anderson, Connor Finn, Laurent Mondo (Jay Malpas), Alefe Santos (Danny Greenslade), Dominic Thomas, Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Chad Douglas (Shaquille Hunter), Sam Kamara.
Substitute: Laurent Davis-Wilson
Alan's side have three league games remaining, including one against current league leaders Oxford, and if they can win them all then they will take the league title.
With a cup final to play, against Watford, this evening then the players could be forgiven if they were feeling a little bit of pressure.
"The lads don't appear to be feeling any pressure at all, and we do our best to try to keep their feet on the ground," said Alan. "They do have a big game tonight. We have been to see Watford play and they are a decent team and have some good players so it will be a hard test for us.
"However I feel that if we can play the way we have all season then we have a good chance of being successful."
It's a 7.00pm kick off at the Mem tonight, so if you would like to come along and cheer the team on we would love to see you there.