Oxford United 2-1 Bristol RoversOur U-18 side slipped to a second consecutive 1-2 defeat in four days when they were knocked out of the League Cup by Oxford on Tuesday.
By the time Louis Ezwele netted what turned out to be a consolation goal, the home side were two goals to the good, though manager Alan Walsh considered his side played better than they in their opening game.
“In the first half we played some very good football and enjoyed a great deal of possession, though we didn’t really trouble their goalkeeper.
“Oxford created a few half chances, but it was a very even game before a catalogue of errors saw us concede in the 38th minute.
“When a ball was played into our box we had a number of chances to clear, but failed to do so and the ball eventually fell to a home player who hit a shot that was going wide of goal but took a deflection off of one of our players and totally wrong footed goalkeeper Cameron Clarke.
“It was an unfortunate goal to concede after the way we had played, but in spite of that we took the game to Oxford after the break and created a number of chances.
“However our finishing was poor and we were punished for missing those chances when Oxford scored again due to more poor defending on our part.
“We kept pushing forward, though, and were rewarded with a goal 12 minutes from time when Jay Malpas swung in a free kick from the right and Louis Ezwele volleyed the ball into the net after their central defender had missed the ball into the box.”
Team: Cameron Clarke, Alfie Kilgour (Bradley Confrey, 70), Harrison Trueman (Elliott Green, 30), Louis Ezwele, Tyler Lyttle, Jay Malpas, George Corp (Callum Bingham 70), Connor Jones, Blake Davies, Ryan Broom, Tom Fry