Under 18 Report
August 12, 2014
Bristol Rovers 1
Newport County 2
Our U-18 side began their season with a 1-2 defeat against Newport County last Saturday.
Trailing by two goals going into the final 15 minutes, Blake Davies did manage to reduce the arrears but the visitors held out to take the points.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh was missing a number of his second year scholars through injury and named five schoolboys in his squad .
Nevertheless, he was disappointed with the result and said; “The fact that we were missing so many players is not an excuse because the players we did select should have been good enough.”
“We started the game quite brightly, but a lack of concentration on our part allowed Newport to score two minutes before the break.
“We began the second half reasonably well but 15 minutes after the restart we again gave away possession and that cost us a second goal.
His side’s goal arrived 15 minutes from time.
“Blake Davies, who was scoring goals for fun in pre-season, took it well. At the moment we are working on his play outside the box as we try to make him the complete centre forward.
“There might well have been more goals towards the end and we almost equalised with four minutes to go but hit a shot just over the bar.”
Rovers: Cameron Clarke, Alfie Kilgour, Tom Fry, Harrison Trueman, Tyler Lyttle, Connor Jones, Eliot Green (George Corp, 60), Jay Malpass, Blake Davies, Ryan Broom, Dan Laminen
Substitutes: Bradley Comfrey, Sam Blake, Sam Iles, Kieran Hodges