Wiltshire College Chippenham 0-6 Bristol Rovers29th April 2015
Football Academy students from Wiltshire College Chippenham finished their playing season on a high with a spirited match against Bristol Rovers U-18's.
The youth team travelled from the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, April 29th, for the friendly game at Stanley Park Sports Ground in Chippenham, where the Wiltshire College lads train and play.
Wiltshire College Chippenham is currently top of the English College Football Association league table after a successful season, but are anxiously awaiting the results of other games to find out if they will win the title.
The students, who are all studying the Level 2 and 3 Sport and Football Development Scheme, all play local football outside of College, but as a team were also pleased to reach the semi finals of the South West Area English Colleges cup.
Bristol Rovers U-18's had a slow start to their season meaning that despite an impressive 20 match unbeaten record they finished second in their league.
The friendly match attracted some spectators to the award winning ground and ended with a 6-0 victory to Rovers.
But the final score didn’t reflect the Wiltshire College lads’ performance, who at times gave their professional opposition a real run for their money.
Mick Byrne said: “It is always hard playing a full time team but it was a good game and what a great experience for our students, who played well and put in a good effort.
“It is fantastic to get the opportunity to play against a club such as Bristol Rovers and this shows them the level they should aspire to.
“The event will be one of a number in the future that will allow local professional clubs to view our players, along with scouts for the USA college system.”
“It was also great to end the playing season on such a high.”
Lewis McCarron from Corsham, who represents Wiltshire at U-18 level, said he was pleased at how the team played.
The 17 year old midfielder said: “They were tough to play against, but it was a really good game and a great experience for us all.”
Alan Walsh is the U-18 coach and was named Clubman of the Year by Bristol Rovers Supporters Club, which sponsors the youth side last week.
Alan said: “It was a competitive game and the Wiltshire College guys did well.
“Our season has finished so it was a good opportunity for us to have a good workout and keep us ticking over.”