Bristol Rovers 3 - 2 Swindon Town
Two goals from Ryan Broom and another from Jamie Lucas gave our U-18 side victory against Swindon Town last Saturday.
However, Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh says it was a fortuitous win as his side struggled against a young Swindon outfit.
"It wasn't a particularly good performance by us and although I don't like to admit it, Swindon were probably the better team on the day.
"They say it's a sign of a good team if you win when you don't play well, so we can take heart from that, I guess.
"We started well and for the first ten minutes forced Swindon back, though we didn't capitalise on the couple of corners we had during that time.
"However we didn't build on that good start and Swindon put us on the back foot and took the lead. They remained in front until the 41st minute, but we then scored twice to take a lead into the half time break.
"Jamie Lucas equalised, with a very good finish. After receiving the ball in the box he turned and hit a shot across the keeper into the far corner of the net.
"Ryan Broom scored a cracking goal soon afterwards, when he fired home from 25 yards."
A third goal arrived in the second half thanks again to Ryan Broom.
"He took possession inside the area and slotted the ball past the Swindon keeper. However Swindon pulled a goal back with ten minutes remaining which put us on the back foot again, but we managed to hold out.
"Overall, it was a good win but we didn't play well on the day, and there is room for improvement."
Team: Kieran Preston, Mitch Palmer, Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Jay Malpas (Harrison Trueman, 60), Ryan Broom, Dominic Thomas, Chad Douglas, Jamie Lucas (Carlos Barra, 78), Donovan Wilson (Laurent Davis-Wilson, 60)
Substitute: Aaron Ward-Baptiste