Bath City 0-2 Bristol Rovers
Bath City 0
Bristol Rovers 2
Last Saturday our youth team took on their Bath City counterparts at Twerton Park and won 2-0 thanks to goals from Chad Douglas and Aaron Ward-Baptiste
It wasn’t a league fixture, but as Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh was quick to point out, neither was it a friendly!
“No game can be classed as a friendly in football! However, we did need a game after the enforced two week break over the festive period and it proved to be a good work out for us.
“We hadn’t actually played for three weeks and while the boys adhered to the fitness programmes we gave them over Christmas and the New Year, which kept them ticking over, it’s not the same as coming in and training every day.
“That slight lack of sharpness showed in the first half of this game as we weren’t at the races, if I’m honest, and we were quite poor.
“In fact, Bath looked the better side and if it wasn’t for goalkeeper Matt Macey we could have been two or three goals down at the break.”
Nevertheless, it was Alan’s side that went in at half time a goal ahead.
“The goal came from a Bath attack. Matt Macey caught a ball into the box and found Shaquille Hunter with a great throw out. ‘Shaqs’ went down the left, to the edge of the 18 yard box, before hitting a superb cross into the box and Chad Douglas came in and hit a superb volley past their keeper into the far corner of the net.
“It was very much against the run of play, though I have to say that although Bath had created a few scoring opportunities they hadn’t put us under a great deal of pressure.”
His side played much better after the break.
“We spoke to the boys at half time and asked them to be a little more composed on the ball, to improve their passing, and to keep possession better than they had done in the opening 45 minutes.”
The second goal came from the penalty spot.
“We broke down the left and a cross from Aaron Ward-Baptiste bounced up and hit the hand of one of the Bath defenders. The referee awarded a penalty and Aaron calmly slotted in the spot kick.
“The 2-0 cushion enabled us to control the remaining 20 minutes and we comfortable played the game out.”
Alan’s side hope to play their Youth Alliance Cup quarter final against Cheltenham Town next Monday (14th January) though the venue and kick off time has yet to be decided:
Then, of course, it’s the big one – the fourth round FA Youth Cup tie against Birmingham City at Solihull Moors Damson Park ground (kick off 7.00pm), on Friday 18th January.
The side for last Saturday’s game was as follows: Matt Macey, Josh Southway,Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Connor Finn, Laurent Mondo, Dominic Thomas, Carlos Gonzalez-Barra, Shaquille Hunter, Jamie Lucas, Chad Douglas.
Substitutes: Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Jay Malpas, Aaron Bryan, Sam Kamara (all used).