18 Down 2 To Go
April 10, 2015
Newport County 2. v. 5. Bristol Rovers
Played on Wednesday 8th April 2015, kick off 2.00pm
Our U-18 side maintained their excellent unbeaten record in Merit League Two with a win at Newport County.
Having lost 2-1 to Newport in the last visit there and drawn 4-4 in the last meeting it was an overdue victory.
Laurent Davis-Wilson, Bradley Confrey, Blake Davies, Tom Fry and Elliott Green were all on target.
“It was”, said Manager, Alan Walsh, “a good performance in hot conditions on a dry pitch. However, we might well have been a goal down in the first five minutes after a mistake gave Newport an opportunity to take the lead.”
Kieran Preston made a good save, though, and parried a shot away. Newport picked up the loose ball and another shot came in but was cleared off the line by Louis Ezwele.
“We took the lead in the tenth minute thanks to Laurent Davis-Wilson, who scored with a low volley from the edge of the area. From that moment we kept Newport at bay and they didn’t really create anything at all, though it wasn’t until first half stoppage time that we added the second goal our play deserved.”
Elliott Green’s shot produced an excellent save from the Newport goalkeeper, who pushed the ball behind and Bradley Confrey was on hand to divert the ball into the net from the resulting corner.
Rovers began the second half well and added a third in the 48th minute. “Laurent Davis-Wilson played the ball into Blake Davies on the edge of the area and he scored with a left foot shot across the keeper and into the far corner.
“The fourth goal arrived after the referee played advantage for us. Ryan Broom’s run ended when he was fouled. It was a penalty, but the loose ball ran to Tom Fry who stuck it in the back of the net and the goal stood.”
“Our fifth goal was probably best of the game and came after Mitch Palmer picked out Elliott Green with a superb pass and he slid the ball under the keeper as he advanced off his line.”
The home side then scored twice in the final five minutes. The first from a speculative 30 yard volley that flew past goalkeeper Kieran Preston. The second was the result of a lapse of concentration at the back which allowed a home player to slam the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
“In spite of the disappointment of conceding those two late goals,” said Alan, “the lads deserve great credit for playing so well and for extending their unbeaten run which stretches back over 6 months now.”
Bristol Rovers: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle (George Corp, 75), Harrison Trueman, Louis Ezwele, Bradley Confrey (Alfgie Kilgour, 60), Mitch Palmer, Elliott Green, Ryan Broom, Blake Davies (Connor Jones, 75), Laurent Davis-Wilson, Tom Fry.