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NARROW DEFEAT FOR U18S

9 September 2014

Rovers 0-1 Plymouth

Our U-18 side slipped to a single goal defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle last Saturday in a game that disappointed Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh.

The only goal of the game arrived on 22 minutes when a long ball into the box saw Kieran Preston go up to claim possession with Plymouth's Ben Steer who appeared to head it out of his hands. The loose ball fell to Louis Rooney, and he scored from close range.

"It turned out to be a fairly close game," said Alan, "but we were poor in all departments. By that I mean technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

"We had players not wanting the ball at times in tight areas. Sometimes a player on the ball needs assistance to get out of a tight situation, and there were occasions when we didn't really help each other out. In addition, our ball retention was poor and we gave away possession far too easily."

His side, disappointed at the manner in which they conceded, never really got going.

"We played in fits and starts, but there was no cohesion, or continuity, to our game and we didn't get the ball down and play as we had in our game against Cheltenham the previous week.

"We didn't really create any decent goalscoring opportunities until the final twenty minutes, when we were chasing the game. Then we saw a couple of shots blocked and had one effort cleared off the line.

"However we do have to give Plymouth a little bit of credit as they defended well , hung on to what they had, and probably just about deserved their win."

Alan now has to lift his team as they prepare to face Gloucester City in Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup preliminary round tie.

"We have to get back to playing as we did in the three games prior to meeting Plymouth and if we can keep the ball a little bit better ,and match Gloucester's work rate, then we have a chance.

"Tom Curtis and I watched Gloucester last week and they are a hard working side who get the ball forward quickly so the first thing we have to do is to match their work rate, and enthusiasm, they will bring to the game.

"We will also need to impose ourselves on the game and be better when we are in possession."

Team: Kieran Preston, Alfie Kilgour, Tom Fry, Tyler Lyttle, Bradley Confrey (Harrison Trueman, 65), Jay Malpas, Elliott Green (Isaac Pearce, 60), Connor Jones, Blake Davies (Callum Bingham, 70), Ryan Broom, George Corp


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