Grecians 1 v 3 Pirates
December 8, 2015
Exeter City 1 v 3 Bristol Rovers
Bristol Rovers FC Academy side beat Exeter City Under 18 side on Saturday 5th December 2015.
They came from one goal down, thanks to goals from Sam Iles, Sam Hedges and Olly Mehew.
Manager Alan Walsh said; “We made five changes to our starting eleven, but our first half performance was very not good enough and we went in a goal down at half time when some poor defending cost us.
“The most threatening player early on was Dan Lammiman who had his shot pushed on to the bar by the Exeter City keeper.”
Exeter City did get the ball in the net again just before half time, but the whistle had already gone as Alfie Kilgour sustained a head injury when challenging their centre forward.
Alfie was unconscious for a while, half on and half off the pitch, and as he was complaining of neck pains he wasn’t moved and an ambulance sent for. Thankfully, after X-Rays and scans he returned home on Saturday evening.
Academy rules on head injuries means that he can’t play again for 23 days from the date of the incident.
Alan added; “I would like to pay tribute to our physio, Steve Bissix, all of the Exeter staff and the staff at Exeter Hospital who were fantastic in the way they looked after Alfie.”
With Alfie still being treated as the second half started, play was switched to an adjacent pitch.
“That seemed to work in our favour. Even though the home side enjoyed a great deal of possession they didn’t make it count and we frequently hit them on the counter attack and it was from one such move that we equalised.”
“We won possession in our half and Connor Jones ran with the ball, to the edge of the Exeter box, before finding Eliot Green. His shot was parried to Sam Hedges, who was making his first start for us, and he slotted home.
Sam Iles scored with a powerful header from a corner and Olly Mehew added a third after some good build up play.”
Bristol Rovers Team: Charlie Phillips, Toby Rennie, Tom Fry, Alfie Kilgour, (Bradley Confrey – 45); Sam Iles, Connor Jones, Eliot Green, George Corp, Sam Hedges ,(Olly Mehew – 60); Tyrone Tucker-Dixon and Dan Lammiman ,(Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist – 60).
Substitutes: Lewis Ellington and Sam Blake.
To see the goals from the match go to 5 minutes 5 seconds.