January 20, 2015
The Academy side have kept their good form with their 4-2 victory over Torquay United on Saturday.
(The first year trainees gathered together at the start of the season.)
TORQUAY UNITED 2. v. 4. BRISTOL ROVERS (Under 18 Academy fixture)
Played on Saturday January 17th 2015.
Goals from Blake Davies (2), Tyler Lyttle and Elliott Green enabled Rovers to beat their Torquay United counterparts 4-2 on Saturday.
Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh had this to say afterwards; “We did well especially in the first half, when we scored all of our goals and came close to adding two or three more.
“We started brightly on a poor playing surface, which cut up quite badly as the game went on, but we coped with the conditions very well.
“The first goal came after eight minutes following a goalmouth scramble after a corner and Tyler Lyttle applied the finishing touch.
(Tyler Little, the usual right back, scorer of the first goal following a corner. )
“We soon doubled our lead after a run down the left by Ryan Broom. He cut inside and shot, but the ball was deflected as far as Blake Davies who slotted home.
“Blake scored again on 25 minutes and we created a number of other opportunities to add to our lead shortly afterwards.
“Goalkeeper Kieran Preston did make one fairly comfortable save, and dealt competently with a few crosses into his box, but other than that he had little to do.
“We managed to score again before the break and it was probably the best one of the game. A free kick was swung in from the left and headed clear by a Torquay defender as far as Elliott Green, who was on the edge of the area, and he found the back of the net with a superb volley.”
(Elliot Green, scorer of the 4th goal with a superb volley.)
Alan asked his side for more of the same in the second half, but warned them that Torquay would have heard some strong words from their management team during the half time interval and would come out with all guns blazing at the start of the half.
He was proved right; “Torquay pulled a goal back within two minutes of the restart following our failure to deal with a corner, and four minutes later they scored again.
“We were under a little bit of pressure after that but we weathered the storm and created one or two more goalscoring opportunities ourselves before the final whistle.
“Overall, we did very well to play a decent standard of football on a very poor pitch and our first half performance, in particular, was outstanding.”
(Alfie Kilgour in defensive action.)
Rovers: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle, Tom Fry, Harrison Trueman, Alfie Kilgour, Connor Jones, Elliott Green, George Corp, Blake Davies (Lewis Ellington, 80), Mitch Palmer, Ryan Broom
Substitutes: Bradley Confrey, Cameron Clarke, Callum Bingham
Our U-18 Academy side travel to play league runners-up Plymouth Argyle on Thursday 22nd January.
Meanwhile, on Saturday 24th January, they have a home fixture against Portsmouth.
This might be held at the Memorial Stadium. The initial stage of the Academy Under 18 season is nearly over.
The Merit Leagues start very soon. Bristol Rovers youth team are ending the season in good form.
After the Portsmouth match the teams we play in the reconstituted structure will include South and East England sides we do not usually face.
Sat Aug 9 Newport C. H 1-2
Sat Aug 12 Oxford U. LC A 1-2
Sat Aug 16 Portsmouth A 3-3
Sat Aug 23 Torquay U. H 4-1
Sat Aug 30 Cheltenham A 1-2
Sat Sep 6 Plymouth A. H 0-1
Tue Sep 10 Gloucester C. A 0-1
Sat Sep 13 Oxford U. H 0-2
Sat Sep 20 Exeter C. A 1-3
Sat Sep 27 Swindon T. H 0-1
Sat Oct 11 Bournemouth A 1-1
Sat Oct 25 Cheltenham H 1-1
Sat Nov 1 Exeter C. H 1-0
Sat Nov 15 Oxford U. A 2-0
Sat Dec 6 Swindon T. A 1-0
Tue Dec 9 Bournemouth H 1-1
Sat Dec 20 Newport C. A 4-4
Sat Jan 17 Torquay U. A 4-2
Thu Jan 22 Plymouth A. A
Sat Jan 24 Portsmouth H