Bristol Rovers 1 Exeter City 1
Our U-18 side had to come from behind to gain a point against Exeter City, with an Aaron Ward-Baptiste goal cancelling out Exeter’s opener.
Alan Walsh felt that a draw was probably a fair result, as both sides created a number of chances.
He said: “It wasn’t a bad game of football to watch but I felt that we could have played better than we did.
“Our ball retention wasn’t as good as it might have been, especially in the second half. The movement of the Exeter players was good and if you are unable to retain possession against a side like that then they will find spaces to exploit and that’s what happened.
“The disappointment was that we weren’t giving the ball away when we were under pressure, and it was a case of passes going astray and us losing possession too easily.
“That said, I can’t complain about the number of chances we created, but we really do need to be a little more clinical in front of goal.
His side fell behind after 25 minutes.
“We gifted them a goal really when a sloppy pass out from the back went straight to an Exeter player and he broke through and beat Kieran Preston, who managed to get a hand to the shot but couldn’t keep it out.”
“The lads hit back quickly and equalised within ten minutes following a break down the right. Carlos Barra played a ball over the back line, the keeper came out and was challenged by Ryan Broom and when the ball broke loose Aaron slotted the ball into an empty net.”
There was a debut for Connor Jones in this game, who has been playing for our U-16 side even though he is still only 15, and on the bench was U-15 goalkeeper Kieran Hodges.
Rovers: Kieran Preston, Camen Harvey (Mitch Palmer, 75), Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Danny Greenslade, Aaron Bryan, Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Dominic Thomas, Carlos Barra (Connor Jones, 80), Donovan Wilson (Ryan Broom, 20), Jamie Lucas.
Substitute: Kieran Hodges