April 25, 2015
BRISTOL ROVERS 1. v. 1. SOUTHAMPTON
(Played on Wednesday 22nd April 2015.)
Although the BRFC Academy Under 18 side have completed their league programme, they continue to train and Youth Team Manager Alan Walsh has arrangied some testing friendly fixtures.
This game, against a Southampton Development group known as Southampton Second Chance, took place at Bath University.
“It proved to be a good contest, and a competitive game,” said Alan, and “both sides wanted to win. The conditions weren’t ideal, as it was hot and the pitch was very hard and the ball quite lively but the game turned out to be a good test for us.”
“It was a very close contest until 75 minutes, when we scored following a good piece of play down the left. Tom Fry got into the box and ran on to a good through ball before volleying a shot past the Southampton keeper.”
“At that stage I thought we would go on to win the game, as there hadn’t been too many scoring opportunities for either side and neither goalkeeper had really been tested.”
“However a lapse of concentration five minutes from time saw us lose our shape a little and one of the Southampton players equalised with a shot from the edge of the box.”
“It was a disappointing end to the game, but it was a good workout and kept the lads ticking over.”
Rovers: Kieran Preston, Tyler Lyttle, Harrison Trueman, Alfie Kilgour, Louis Ezwele, Mitch Palmer, Ryan Broom, Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Laurent Davis-Wilson, Blake Davies.
Substitutes (all used): Bradley Confrey, Cameron Clarke, Tom Fry, George Corp, Lewis Powell.