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Reserves pegged back

Posted: Wed 06 Aug 2014
Author: rovers.co.uk
Eric Kinder

Eric Kinder

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Rovers Under-21s maintained their unbeaten pre-season run with a 2-2 draw with Workington on Tuesday evening.

Whilst it was Rovers who came from two goals down to earn a share of the spoils against fellow Cumbrians Penrith at the weekend, it was hosts Workington who did so on this occasion.

After Bradley Bauress saw an effort cleared off the line inside the first 60 seconds, Jordan Preston gave Rovers the lead at the midway point of the half, heading home Jordan Slew's cross at the back post.

Slew himself then doubled their advantage moments after the restart with a fine finish. Cutting in from the byline to blast home.

From the resulting kick-off Jordan Preston could have made it three when one-on-one with the Workington goalkeeper but fired narrowly wide.

However the Reds soon reduced arrears when Kyle May headed home and the comeback was complete in the final ten minutes when sustained pressure from the home side lead to Connor Thomson scoring.

"For an hour we were excellent, we created chance after chance and should have gone in at half-time more than 1-0 in front," said coach Eric Kinder.

"With John O'Sullivan in midfield we showed the right tempo and energy but second half substitutions seemed to affect us and we paid the price by allowing them back into the game, conceding two poor goals defensively.

"Pre-season is coming to an end now, we've tried many players in different positions and we're nearly at the point where we need to be at the start of the season."

The Under-21s play their final pre-season match this Saturday away at Padiham, kick-off 3.00pm.