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Mixed emotions for Kinder

Posted: Mon 14 Jul 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk

Rovers Under-21s slipped to a 2-1 loss to Clitheroe in their opening pre-season friendly on Saturday.

It was the proverbial game of two halves as a slow start by the young Rovers them trail by two goals at the break, but a better showing after the break saw them just fail to turn it around.

On a tricky surface it was the home side, more accustomed to their surroundings, who quickly forced the pace, a mistake from Kellen Daly saw a penalty conceded which Danny Wilkins converted.

On the stroke of half time the Shawbridge side doubled their lead, Callum Hoctor capitalising on a defensive mix-up to add a second.

Wholesale changes were made by Rovers for the second half, with several Academy players catching the eye in a much improved display.

With 25 minutes to go Rovers reduced arrears, Paulo Jorge taking advantage of a defensive error to poke home.

Rovers had a number of chances to draw level, an outstanding long-range effort from Dean Rittenberg that flew a yard wide, the pick of the bunch.

"It was a good workout," said Kinder. "Everybody got at least 45 minutes with several Academy lads being involved.

"The first half was disappointing, we just didn't get going and our passing was poor.

"It was much better in the second half and with the number of chances we had we probably should have got at least a draw.

"The pleasing aspect is that no injuries were picked up and we now move onto Knaresborough next Saturday."