Not Clinical

September 16, 2014

Rovers 0-2 Oxford

 Our U-18 side slipped to a home defeat against Oxford United on Saturday, conceding a goal in each half.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh was disappointed with the goals that his side conceded. However he did feel that the performance was marginally better than it had been against Gloucester City in the FA Youth Cup three days earlier.
“There was an improvement in the way we played but, unfortunately, we still gave away two sloppy goals and that cost us dearly. Our inability to finish also cost us because we created enough chances, particularly towards the end of the game.”
“We carved out a couple of chances, but conceded on the half hour. The goal came following a throw in on the halfway line. We didn’t react when the ball was played into our box, allowing an unmarked Oxford striker to beat Kieran Preston with a volley from just inside the area. We had enough players, in the right positions but it was scored because we didn’t compete from the time the throw in was taken.”
A goal down at the break, the players were reminded that they had to try to put the Oxford defence under pressure.
“Unfortunately, we conceded again within ten minutes of the restart when a corner was cleared to the edge of the area and reached an Oxford player who was given the time to get a shot away and beat Kieran. That meant we were chasing the game, which led to our visitors creating further chances. We rallied in the final ten minutes or so, and created enough chances to get back on level terms. Unfortunately our finishing wasn’t clinical enough and so we will go back to the training ground and continue to work hard to eradicate mistakes from our game.”
Team: Kieran Preston, Alfie Kilgour, Tom Fry, Harrison Trueman, Bradley Confrey, Jay Malpas, Elliott Green, Connor Jones, Blake Davies (Isaac Pearce, 40), Ryan Broom, George Corp S
Substitutes: Clarke Cameron, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Callum Bingham, Sam Blake

 (Adapted from the BRFC Official Site Report)



 Sat Aug 9 Newport County H 1-2
Sat Aug 12 Oxford United LC A 1-2
Sat Aug 16 Portsmouth A 3-3
Sat Aug 23 Torquay United H 4-1
Sat Aug 30 Cheltenham T. A 1-2
Sat Sep 6 Plymouth Argyle H 0-1
Tue Sep 10 Gloucester FAYC A 0-1
Sat Sep 13 Oxford United H 0-2
Sat Sep 20 Exeter City A
Sat Sep 27 Swindon Town H
Sat Oct 11 A.F.C. Bournemouth A
Sat Oct 18 Plymouth Argyle A
Sat Oct 25 Cheltenham Town H
Sat Nov 1 Exeter City H
Sat Nov 15 Oxford United A
Sat Nov 22 A.F.C. Bournemouth H
Sat Dec 6 Swindon Town A
Sat Dec 20 Newport County A
Sat Jan 10 Portsmouth H
Sat Jan 17 Torquay United A
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