Rovers 0-1 Exeter
BRISTOL ROVERS 0
EXETER CITY 1
Our U-18 side suffered their first league defeat in 21 games, and 18 months, when suffering a single goal defeat at the hands of Exeter City last Saturday.
Because Exeter’s pitch was waterlogged, the game was switched to Bristol but, as Youth Team Coach Alan Walsh said, it proved to be a disappointing day for his side.
He said: “This was only our second league game of the year, so it was good to get a game but the result was very disappointing.
“Exeter are a decent side, but we enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and I have to say that our defeat was self inflicted after a passage of poor play from us.
“We created two or three chances early on that, perhaps, we should have tucked away. We didn’t, though, and with ten minutes of the half remaining we conceded the only goal of the game.
“A poor clearance reached an Exeter player and, while we had players out of position, he found a colleague and he was free to run on and beat Kieran Preston.
“At half time, I told the players that they had played well and worked hard, but that they had to be more clinical in front of goal.”
His side were unable to up their game after the break, though.
“We were disappointing and, playing against the wind, we found it difficult to get out of our own half.
“There was no faulting our effort and work rate, and technically there were no problems. Technically, though, we were poor and hard as we tried we were unable to get back on level terms.
“It has been a good achievement to go so many games without losing, and some of the lads have been involved in all off them. Now, though, we have to bounce back and go again.”
Team: Kieran Preston, Ryan Broom, Louis Ezwele, Trey Anderson, Harrison Trueman (Connor Jones, 75), Jay Malpas, Chad Douglas (Mitch Walsh, 60), Dominic Thomas, Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Jamie Lucas, Laurent Davis-Wilson (Donovan Wilson, 50).
The U-18’s are in league action again today, when they have an away game against AFC Bournemouth (kick off 1.00pm)