Bristol Rovers 4-3 Cheltenham TownSaturday 22nd August 2015
Goals from Tyrone Tucker-Dixon (2), Elliot Green and Bradley Confrey gave our U-18 side their first victory of the season, and preserved their unbeaten start to the campaign, against Cheltenham Town.
“It was a good win,” said Youth team Coach Alan Walsh, “though it was disappointing to concede three goals. Nevertheless the lads did well and worked very hard throughout. They did well to score four goals, but in all honesty we could have won a lot more comfortably than we did.”
The first goal arrived after 20 minutes; “After we had applied a little bit of pressure on their back line the ball was cleared as far as the full back who tried to pass it back to one of his central defenders. The ball went between him and the goalkeeper and Tyrone Tucker-Dixon nipped in to toe poke the ball into the net.
“We conceded an equaliser ten minutes later when a long ball was played up to the edge of our box and their player took an early shot across our goalkeeper and found the corner of the net.
“There were no further goals in the opening period but we began the second half brightly and regained the lead through Elliot Green who scored from close range after the Cheltenham keeper had spilt George Corp’s free kick.
“Bradley Confrey restored our two goal advantage with an accomplished backheel finish but then a lapse of concentration at a corner allowed Cheltenham to pull a goal back.
“We scored our fourth goal shortly afterwards when Tyrone’s anticipation saw him get between the two opposition central defenders and roll the ball into the corner of the net.
“Unfortunately we conceded again, which set up a nervous last few minutes, though we held out to clinch the win.
“The game proved to be a good test for us, though I do think the margin of victory could have been a lot more comfortable.”
Rovers: Charlie Phillips, Sam Blake, Sam Iles, Alfie Kilgour, Bradley Confrey, Connor Jones, Elliot Green, George Corp, Blake Davies (Lewis Ellington, 75), Tyrone Tucker-Dixon (Regan Sollars, 80), Luke Russe
Substitutes: Dan Lammiman, Callum Bingham, Tom Fry