Bournemouth 0-0 Rovers
Following their defeat against Exeter, our U-18 side travelled to Bournemouth in midweek and returned with a hard earned point from a goalless draw.
Bournemouth had also lost their previous game, against Swindon, so both sides were looking to return to winning ways.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh felt that had his side taken the chances they created in the opening period they might well have won this game; "We carved out some decent chances and were the team in the ascendancy before the break, but unfortunately we just couldn't make the breakthrough.
"The second half, though, was very similar to the game against Exeter in that our endeavour, effort, and work rate couldn't be faulted, but once again our technique was a little bit lacking.
"The conditions didn't help but if you aspire to be a professional footballer, as these lads do, then you have to adapt to playing in all sorts of conditions and there were times in the second half when we didn't do that."
His side seldom looked as though they would concede, though there was a let off for them in the final minute of the game.
"Kieran Preston had one routine save to make in the first half, and had nothing else to really trouble him in the game, although the home side might have scored right at the end.
"A long clearance saw Kieran come off his line, but a Bournemouth player got to the ball first and took it round him before firing in an angled drive that struck the foot of the post and fell behind.
"Overall, it was a good point for us and leaves us in second place in the table, two points behind leaders Oxford with a game in hand."
Team: Kieran Preston, Ryan Broom, Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Harrison Trueman, Jay Malpas, Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Dominic Thomas, Jamie Lucas, Donovan Wilson (Laurent Davis-Wilson, 75), Carlos Barra (Chad Douglas, 20).
Substitute: Aaron Bryan