Bristol Rovers 0-1 Swindon TownSat 27th September 2014
Our U-18 side went down to a single goal defeat against Swindon Town last weekend, cruelly undone by a late own goal after a battling performance.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh had to field a side consisting mainly of first year scholars and schoolboys, due to injuries to key players, and whilst disappointed at the result, praised his players for their work rate and commitment.
“Because of our injury situation we devised a game plan to get men behind the ball and attempt to hit Swindon on the counter attack.
“We kept Swindon at bay for 86 minutes, but then gave away a free kick out wide on their left. The ball was delivered into our area and was deflected into his own net by Alfie Kilgour.
“Until then we had defended well, though we had given away possession far more than I would have liked. Our plan to hit them on the counter was only partially successful because we weren’t really quick enough to get in behind their defence.
“However the lads worked their socks off and it was very disappointing to lose to a goal that arrived so late in the game.”
Already missing Louis Ezwele with knee ligament damage, Donovan Wilson with a broken hand and Cameron Clarke with a broken bone in his foot, Rovers picked up another serious injury in this match as Elliott Green picked up a suspected broken ankle.
“We will” said Alan, “have to persevere and work hard in training, and hope that our injury situation gradually improves.”
Team: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle, Tom Fry, Alfie Kilgour, Bradley Confrey, Jay Malpas, Connor Jones, George Corp, Blake Davies, Laurent Davis-Wilson (Tyler Tucker-Dixon, 70), Elliott Green (Luke Russ, 30)
Our U-18’s are without a game this weekend. Their next fixture is on 11th October when they travel to play AFC Bournemouth.