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Academy down Albion

3 September 2012

First half penalty enough to ensure victory for the under 18s.

Rovers under 18s kept up their unbeaten start to the new campaign with a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

In a closely-fought contest it took a converted penalty on the half hour from Tom Brown to settle the match in Rovers' favour. 

In contrast to last week's encounter against Arsenal, clear-cut chances were at a premium but Rovers prevailed to claim all three points.

After a bright start in which Rovers enjoyed plenty of possession the only goal of the game came on 30 minutes. Modou Cham beat his man to charge into the box only to be taken down unceremoniously for a clear penalty decision.

Tom Brown took the honours and made no mistake from 12 yards.

The game continued to be a close-run affair, Rovers unable to grab a crucial second goal that would have given them breathing space, Deniz Pero going the closest with a shot from the edge of the box which the Albion goalkeeper did well to tip round the post.

In the end Rovers saw the game out to make it two wins and a draw from their first three games.

"It was a good game, we played well and were the better side but there wasn't a lot in it," said coach Terry McPhillips post-match.

"There were lots of half chances and opportunities but we didn't have that extra quality in the final third. We just couldn't get the second goal that would have made us comfortable but we were able to see the game out for the win."

ROVERS: Raya, Anderson (sub Harris 81 mins), Mason, Thompson, Bauress, Brown, Wassi, Laverty, Cham, Pero (sub Preston 70 mins), Haley (sub Boland 60 mins).

Subs not used: Humphreys, Rittenberg.

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