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07 July 2018 Venue Shawbridge Attendance

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Report: Clitheroe 0 Rovers U23s 2

First half Vale brace secures victory for young Rovers at Clitheroe

7 July 2018

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A first half brace from forward Jack Vale was enough for Rovers Under-23s to earn a 2-0 victory in their opening pre-season friendly away at Clitheroe.

Welshman Vale struck twice late in the first half, with a couple of tidy finishes as Rovers ran out comfortable winners at a sun-drenched Shawbridge.
 
There were familiar faces starting for Damien Johnson’s side in the sun, with the likes of Charlie Albinson, Jack Evans, Tyler Magloire, Jack Vale and John Buckley all in the XI.
 
French youngster Maxime Loighot and right back Lloyd Bannister were both handed their first taste of Development Squad football.
 
In a half of few chances, it was Rovers who had the better of it and the majority of the possession. 
 
Stefan Mols, who was playing on the right side of midfield, had two chances in quick succession mid-way through the first half, firing wide of the target before curling inches past the post soon after.
 
The tempo was rising from Rovers in the heat and Chris Thompson in the Clitheroe goal produced an excellent stop to tip away a Kyle Connell header as the visitors searched for the opener.
 
Coming up to the half hour mark, Vale went for goal and say Thompson smother his long range effort.
 
With five minutes to go before the break, a well worked corner routine found Vale on the edge of the box, but after teeing himself up, Thompson kept hold of his dipping attempt at goal.
 
But the Welshman wasn’t to be denied and a well worked move saw the forward played in and he cooly tucked under the onrushing Thompson to make it 1-0 to Rovers.
 
And Vale got his and Rovers’ second goal just a moment later as this time his quick feet deceived the home defence and he expertly fired home into the corner with his left foot.
 
That took Rovers into the break with a deserved advantage and allowed Johnson to ring the chances ahead of the second half, as expected.
 
Bannister, Jack Evans and Loighot were the only survivors from the first half, with Sam Barnes, Ollie Byrne, Flavian Boyomo, Charley Doyle, Lewis Hardcastle, Issac Whitehall, Antonie Jereny and Okera Simmonds coming on for the second 45 minutes.
 
The substitutions did have an impact on the action, with both sides struggling to get any sort of rhythm to their play in a mainly chance-lacking half. 
 
And that was how it finished as Rovers ran out comfortable winners in the heat. 

Rovers Under-23s: Albinson (Byrne, 46), Bannister, Evans, Loighot, Magloire (c) (Boyomo, 46), Carter (Barnes, 46), Vale (Simmonds, 46), Buckley (Hardcastle, 46), Connell (Whitehall, 46), Paton (Hereny, 46), Mols (Doyle, 46). 

Unused substitutes: N/A
 
Goals: Vale, 41,43
 
Clitheroe (starting): Thompson, Riocci, Samson, Ksimba, Utalu, Mitchell, Gregory, Keyes, Hazeldine, Clare, Griffiths, Snowden.

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