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Lads lose at Villa

Posted: Mon 07 Apr 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk
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The Under-18s put in a battling display at the weekend but came up short in a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

Once again Rovers named a very young side with a host of Under-16s gaining valuable experience against a much older and stronger Villa outfit.

Rovers were nervous starters and paid the price as the home side swept into a 2-0 first half lead, which was increased to three early in the second half.

But the youngsters grew in confidence as the match wore on with Under-16 striker Ramirez Howarth scoring his first goal for the Under-18s on 67 minutes.

Latching onto a long ball out of defence, the young forward outpaced the Villa back four before beating the onrushing goalkeeper with a cool chip.

Rovers went in search of further goals but were caught at the death as Villa grabbed a fourth to complete the victory.

"We were up against a much stronger and more experienced Villa side," said coach David Lowe. "You could argue that we didn't deserve to lose by such a scoreline.

"In the first half we looked nervous and didn't attack them enough, we rarely threatened their goal. But in the second half we were much better and scored a good goal through Howarth.

"We remained positive and we kept trying to do the right things, again the experience of the match against a stronger and older team should stand them in good stead next season.

ROVERS: Williams, Platt, Askew (sub Callaway 90 mins), Wharton, Nyambe, Hardcastle, Cham (sub Torres 56 mins), Wassi, Howarth, Harris, Keane (sub Mansell 76 mins).

Subs not used: Fisher, Mols.