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Reserves held by Curzon

Posted: Mon 30 Jul 2012
Author: rovers.co.uk
Nick Blackman

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Rovers Reserves missed out on a fourth straight pre-season win after conceding two late goals away to Curzon Ashton.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, it was the new-look second half Rovers side that made the breakthrough.

On 51 minutes, Jack O'Connell picked out Nick Blackman, who fired home a crisp strike.

Rovers doubled their lead on the hour mark when a good run from Osayamen Osawe found Danny Laverty, whose shot was parried and Curtis Haley was on hand to tap in the rebound.

Two trialists were then introduced, but it was the hosts who seized the initiative. 

On 70 minutes, Anthony O'Connor was adjudged to have committed a foul just inside the box and Curzon made no mistake from the spot.

And 10 minutes from time, the comeback was complate, as a mistake from one of the trialists allowed a Curzon player to run through one-on-one with Matty Urwin and equalise. 

Reserve team manager Gary Bowyer said: "We had two teams playing, so we had a lot of players get 45 minutes under their belts at the end of a long week. 

"So it was a good fitness exercise, but we need to increase the standard of our performance with the ball."

ROVERS (First Half): Usai, Wylie, Anderson, Devine, R. Hanley, Evans, O'Sullivan, Fernandez, Blackman, Slew, Maclaren.

ROVERS (Second Half): Urwin, O'Connor, O'Connell, Daly, Beesley, Laverty, Anderson (Lopez 60), Cotton, Osawe, Blackman (Palani 60), Haley.