Rovers u18s 1-3 Reading u18s
The Under-18s made it an unwanted hat-trick of defeats at the weekend as they lost 3-1 at home to Reading.
Following on from losses against Bolton and Everton in the previous two games, Terry McPhillips side's poor first half display proved costly as they lost once more at Brockhall.
Reading took the lead on 25 minutes, taking advantage of squandered possession in midfield to attack down the flank and as the ball was put to the back post it was finished well.
On 41 it was 2-0 to the Royals. Antonie Boland's conceded free-kick was delivered into the area and clinically headed home.
The home side hadn't really gotten going, but on the stroke of half time they were given a lifeline when good persistance from Bradley Mason saw the midfielder win a number of tackles before racing through and although Mason saw his effort saved, Deniz Pero was on hand to snap up the rebound for his second goal of the season.
Boosted by the strike just before the break Rovers went in search of an equaliser early in the second half but they were guilty of poor decision making when it mattered.
Dean Rittenberg was put through but instead of shooting he played the ball back to Pero who fired over.
Then it was Pero's turn to waste an excellent opportunity when he chose to pass to Brice Wassi when a shot on goal seemed the easier option.
If Rovers had scored either of those chances the game could have been there for the taking but instead it was Reading who grabbed the vital next goal on 56 minutes albeit in controversial circumstances.
It came from a set-play, and although the corner was initially cleared, as the ball was put back in it was forced over the line by the hand of a Reading player.
Rovers protested vociferously but the referee allowed the goal to stand.
To their credit Rovers didn't let their heads drop and continued to press for a way back into the match, but they never created chances as good as the ones early in the second half that were missed.
"I was disappointed with us in the first half, it was poor, as poor as we've been this season," said coach McPhillips.
"In the second half we were much better, we had a good go to get back into the game.
"But we still aren't playing as I know we can, we have a bit of work to do."
ROVERS: Raya, Harris, Butterwick, Thompson, Bauress, Boland, Wassi (sub Laverty 69 mins), Mason, Pero (sub Preston 73 mins), Rittenberg, Humphreys (sub Brown 46 mins).
Subs not used: Langford.