Rovers Academy slipped to a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of Thurrock last night in their second friendly of the pre-season.
Terry McPhillips’ young side had made the long journey to Essex and put up a spirited fight against Thurrock’s first team.
Rovers started brightly and took the lead through left-back Bradley Bauress, who finished with aplomb after a good team move.
Thurrock pulled level through a free-kick and completed the turnaround when they nicked a winner midway through the second half.
“It was always going to be tough physically for the lads against Thurrock’s first team,” said coach McPhillips. “However, I thought they dealt with it really well.
“It was good experience for them. The journey down on the train together, playing at a decent ground and against men – they will certainly take something away from this.
“I thought we probably did enough to earn a draw, but to say it was only our second game of the season and considering how many first years we had playing, I was very pleased.”
Team: Raya, Vicars, Wassi, Thompson, Bauress, Pero, Chan, Humphreys, Mason, Boland, Harris.