Bristol Rovers 1-0 AFC BournemouthSaturday 29th August 2015
A goal from Blake Davies, his first in the league this season, enabled our U-18 side to overcome league leaders AFC Bournemouth last Saturday.
"We scored a good goal and put in a workmanlike performance," was the verdict of Alan Walsh afterwards.
"We applied ourselves well and tried to put pressure on them throughout and although Bournemouth enjoyed a great deal of first half possession it wasn't in the final third of the pitch and didn't trouble us too much
"Neither side created a great deal in that opening half though we did have a couple of long range efforts on goal.
"It was a very similar story in the second half. Bournemouth had their first shot on target after 55 minutes and we scored the only goal of the game five minutes later.
"It was what I would call a textbook goal and came after we broke up an attack by our visitors and played the ball out of defence before working it down the right and Blake Davies met the eventual cross into the box and powered a header past the goalkeeper.
"It was a very good goal and I would like to see more of that in games but, unfortunately our quality and execution isn't good enough. We are working our socks off in every match and I can't fault the lads for their effort and work rate but we should be creating more chances with better quality of play.
"Still, we managed to see this game out after surviving a couple of scares as Bournemouth pressed hard for an equaliser."
Rovers: Charlie Phillips, Sam Blake, Sam Iles, Alfie Kilgour, Bradley Confrey, Connor Jones (Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist, 80), Elliot Green, George Corp, Blake Davies, Tyrone Tucker-Dixon (Lewis Ellington, 20), Luke Russe (Regan Sollars, 80)
Substitutes: Tom Fry, Callum Bingham