Cat and Fiddle Loss

September 23, 2014

Exeter City 3 Bristol Rovers 1

Our U-18 Academy side lost 3-1 to Exeter City at the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground.

Although a second half goal from George Corp put them back on level terms after Exeter had taken a first half lead, defensive errors cost Rovers the game and Exeter scored twice more. Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh, was disappointed with the manner in which they were conceded.

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(Substitute keeper Cameron Clarke)

Alan said, We were aware that Exeter like to play a passing game so we travelled there with a game plan to nullify their possession and, to a degree, we managed to do that. However they opened the scoring on 22 minutes when we tried to play out from the back. We lost possession in midfield and Exeter hit us with a quick counter attack.”

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(Central defender Bradley Confrey)

Apart from the goal there were few other goalscoring opportunities. Rovers created very little going forward, while the home side were restricted to opportunities from set pieces.

“The lads kept their heads up and tried hard to get back into the game and were rewarded with a goal 15 minutes into the second half. Blake Davies got down the left and crossed into the area where George Corp was on hand to sidefoot the ball home with an excellent finish.

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(Scorer of the Rovers goal, George Corp)

“Ten minutes later, though, Exeter were allowed too much time and space and scored a second goal which meant we had to chase the game. In doing so, we left ourselves vulnerable at the back and poor defending cost us a third goal before the final whistle.”

Team: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle, Tom Fry, Alfie Kilgour, Bradley Confrey, Jay Malpas, George Corp, Connor Jones (Elliott Green, 65),, Blake Davies, (Tyrone Tucker-Dickson, 70), Laurent Davis-Wilson (Dan Lamiman, 60), Ryan Broom

Substitute: Cameron Clarke

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