Bristol Rovers 1-1 Forest Green RoversTwo goals in the space of just two minutes meant a tightly contested reserve game at the Bristol Rovers training ground ended 1-1.
In an even start to the game, the first real chance came after nine minutes when a well taken corner from the left insert saw Alfie Kilgour head wide.
Forest Green’s first real opportunity came after a slick passing move ended when the final shot was deflected behind by Kilgour.
On 19 minutes Danny Greenslade’s cross was met by Nathan Blissett who headed in from close range. However the big striker had strayed into an offside position and the goal didn’t stand.
Kilgour deflected another Forest Green effort behind and was then involved at the other end when he played in Ryan Broom who whose shot was high and wide of the target.
Chances were few and far between in the opening 15 minutes of the second half but Rovers did break the deadlock on 61 minutes when a cross from Broom saw Blissett attack the near post and head in from close range.
However the visitors equalised just two minutes later when Delano Sam-Yorke found time and space in the area to score from close range.
In the closing stages Dominic Thomas saw his shot turned round the post for a corner and a good run by Broom ended when he was brought down just outside the area and the resulting free kick was saved by goalkeeper Paul White.
The industrious Thomas for Rovers then had a chance when his driven shot was turned behind for a corner.
Assistant Manager Marcus Stewart declared himself satisfied with his side’s performance in this morning’s friendly match against Forest Green Rovers.
The game ended 1-1, the visitors equalising after Nathan Blissett had put Rovers ahead in the second half.
“It was good for Nathan to get off mark,” said Marcus. “It’s nice for a striker to score in any game and his headed goal that gave us the lead will give him a great deal of confidence.”
Marcus then went on to explain how difficult it is to play in games such as this, when there is nothing riding on the result; “Essentially this was a game for many of our younger lads and for players who need games, as well as giving us the opportunity to look at one or two triallists.
“There were no league points at stake, and winning wouldn’t have put us into the next round of a cup competition, so it was a tough game to play in. That said, I felt that both teams took the game seriously today and applied themselves in the right way which made for a competitive match.”
Ryan Broom, who made his first senior start on Tuesday night against Birmingham City, saw another 90 minutes of action today.
“Ryan has lots of energy, and a great deal of talent, and if he keeps going as he has last month he will do well for us. In fact his rate of improvement in the last six weeks or so been phenomenal, but he knows he needs to continue to improve.
“He’s a really good lad who wants to learn and he certainly doesn’t think he’s made it because he has made his first team debut. He’s the type of lad who will knuckle down and listen to what people say and make his own mind up and at the moment he’s doing really well.”
Although this morning’s game was only a friendly, there are four competitive development games scheduled to be played before Christmas.
One of them, of course, is against Cirencester Town in the Gloucestershire Senior Challenge Cup, while the other three are in the newly formed Final Third Development League.
There are two Southern Group B and we face an away tie against Newport County and home games against Swindon Town and Plymouth Argyle on dates yet to be confirmed.
The winners of our group will qualify for the Southern Final and face the winners of Group A, which is made up of the following teams; AFC Wimbledon, Luton Town, MK Dons and Southend United.
Rovers: Darryl Falvahan, Tyler Lyttle, Alfie Kilgour (Sam Iles - 60), Bradley Confrey (Sam Blake - 70), Danny Greenslade, Ryan Broom, Dominic Thomas, Jay Malpas, Triallist, Nathan Blissett, Jake Sinclair.
Unused Substitutes: George Corp, Elliott Green, Blake Davies