BRISTOL ROVERS 1-1 EXETER CITY
Jamie Lucas scored the goal that earned our U-18 side a draw against Exeter City on Saturday and cemented their place at the top their group in the Youth Alliance Cup.
Youth team manager Alan Walsh felt that his side could have secured a comfortable victory long before they conceded the equalising goal.
“We got off to the best possible start and scored after only five minutes when, following some good build up play on the right Mitch Palmer crossed into the box where Jamie scored with a very good header.
“We created a few chances after that, although goalkeeper Kieran Preston was called on to make a couple of routine saves at the other end.
“Although we were well on top the first half petered out a little bit, but we began the second half in a similar way to how we had started the first.
“We created numerous chances in the first 20 minutes of the half and could quite easily have been four or five goals ahead.
“However we didn’t take them and allowed Exeter back into the game. They equalised and, for the final 20 minutes of the game, it was touch and go as to who would win.
“The goal gave them a lift and they were on the front foot and they pushed forward in search of a winning goal.
“We defended very well I have to say, though we should never have been in a position where that was necessary as we should have had the game won by the time they scored.”
Team: Kieran Preston, Mitch Palmer, Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Harrison Trueman, Jay Malpas, Chad Douglas, Dominic Thomas (Ryan Broom, 35), Carlos Barra (Chay Forrest, 75), Laurent Davis-Wilson, Jamie Lucas.
Substitute: Aaron Ward-Baptiste
FA YOUTH CUP
Next Monday Alan takes his team to Camberley for a first round FA Youth Cup tie. Alan and Head of Academy Tom Curtis watched their opponents beat Guildford in the final qualifying round.
“If we can play to our potential and can take our chances then we will give ourselves a good chance of making progress.
“However if don’t do that and go there thinking it’s going to be easy, and don’t take our chances, then we will have a game on our hands.
“It’s going to be a tough couple of days for the lads, as we play at Torquay on Saturday, just two days before we take on Camberley.”