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Reserves defeat Bamber Bridge

17 July 2012

Gary Bowyer's side win 3-1 at Irongate.

Rovers Reserves kicked off their pre-season campaign with a win after a 3-1 victory over Bamber Bridge at the QED Stadium.

Gary Bowyer fielded a different eleven in each half as they were made to work hard before eventually claiming the upper hand against the non-league side.

Rovers showed early intent with both Amine Linganzi and Bruno Ribeiro firing wide, whilst Robbie Cotton lashed over after good work from Micah Evans on the right.

That early pressure eventually told, but it wasn't until the midway point of the first half that Brig's resolve was broken, John O'Sullivan showing great strength to hold off two markers before advancing to fire home from 20 yards.

However just six minutes later and the home side were level. It came from the penalty spot after Anthony O'Connor was adjudged to have fouled his man just inside the area. Early substitute Matt Mahoney making no mistake in sending Matty Urwin the wrong way from 12 yards.

Rovers ended the first half as strongly as they had started, but following a fine move involving Jordan Slew, Jamie Maclaren saw his goalbound shot deflect inches wide.

A fresh Rovers eleven came out at the start of the second half, and although they weren't as quick out of the blocks as the first half team it didn't take them too long to hit their stride.

Darragh Lenihan went close with a shot narrowly over the bar after a neat layoff from Curtis Haley before Osayamen Osawe saw his effort well saved at the near post.

On 61 minutes Rovers regained the lead through sheer persistance. Shots from Antonie Boland and Curtis Haley were both blocked but Osawe was there to apply the finishing touch from close range.

Four minutes later and Rovers went 3-1 up. This time a centre from Danny Laverty found it's way to Hugo Fernandez and the Spaniard hit a dipping volley into the bottom corner of the goal.

The young Rovers should have seen further goals to match their possession but the home side had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping the score down.

First he made a fantastic double save to thwart Osawe and Haley before Osawe was again denied by the goalkeeper's legs.

It was a good workout for the young Rovers against a hard working Bamber Bridge side on a slippery surface that tested both teams.

Gary Bowyer's side are next in action this Saturday when they travel to take on Kendal Town in a 3.00pm kick-off.

ROVERS 1ST HALF: Urwin, Ribeiro, O'Connor, Daly, Gaplin, Linganzi, Cotton, O'Sullivan, Maclaren, Slew, Evans.

ROVERS 2ND HALF: Dilo, Beesley, Thompson, Mason, Wylie, Boland, Lenihan, Fernandez, Osawe, Haley, Laverty.

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