Cheltenham Town 1-1 Bristol Rovers
A Jamie Lucas goal, on the hour mark, cancelled out Cheltenham’s first half effort and gave our U-18’s a share of the spoils in this top of the table clash on Saturday.
“We started quite brightly,” said Youth Team manager Alan Walsh, “but with only eight minutes gone we gave away a sloppy goal.
“From a goal kick we tried to play out from the back, when it really wasn’t on. We eventually gave away possession and, after a scramble on the edge of our area, the ball fell to a Cheltenham player who saw his shot sneak in at the near post.
“We did create a few chances after that, though not as many as in previous games, but the match was fairly even, with our hosts also creating further goalscoring opportunities.
“We were still behind at the break but Jamie equalised from a little bit of direct play. A long ball out from the back eventually reached him and he finished well from edge of box, volleying into the bottom corner of the net.”
Although his side appear to have had the better of the second half exchanges, they were unable to score again.
“We did get into some good attacking positions, but there was no end product and we didn’t work their keeper enough. We also gave away possession far too easily, leaving ourselves open to a counter attack.”
Harrison Trueman made his first start for the side in this game.
“He is actually a left back, but played at right back on Saturday and although he wasn’t playing in his normal position he did well and we will make sure he gets some game time in his own position during the season.
Team: Kieran Preston, Harrison Trueman, Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Aaron Bryan (Mitch Palmer, 70), Aaron Ward-Baptiste (Chad Douglas, 80), Dominic Thomas, Carlos Barra (Ryan Broom, 65), Donovan Wilson, Jamie Lucas.