October 28, 2014
Bristol Rovers 1 Cheltenham Town 1 (played at Golden Hill)
Our U-18 Academy side drew 1-1 with their Cheltenham Town counterparts on Saturday 25th October.
Trailing to a first half goal, we equalised early in the second half through Jay Malpas and in a determined and gritty performance we thoroughly deserved a share of the spoils.
Overall, Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh was pleased with the performance of his team. He said, “It was a good hard working performance. We began the match brightly and played some good football without threatening the Cheltenham goal.”
Alan added, “Cheltenham scored after 28 minutes, a little bit against the run of play. They took a quick free kick and launched a long ball downfield which caught out our back four. One of their lads had got down the left and he reached the ball first. His cross, to the edge of the box reached one of their forwards who beat Kieran Preston with his shot. ”
During the half time interval the need to be better in front of goal was emphasised and, initially, it paid off.
Alan continued, “We equalised three minutes into the second half when a ball into the box ended up with Jay Malpas who was on the edge of the area. He brought it under control with his first touch before slotting a shot into the far corner. For the next 35 minutes we were on top, and put our visitors under pressure without really threatening their goal. In the final ten minutes, Cheltenham got back into the game and might have gone on to win it.”
Team: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle (Harrison Trueman), Tom Fry, Bradley Confrey, Alfie Kilgour, Jay Malpas, Lewis Ellington (Mitch Palmer, 40), George Corp, Callum Bingham, Ryan Broom, Connor Jones. Substitute: Cameron Clarke (not used).