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Reserves claim first win

28 September 2012

Rovers' Under-21s defeat Reading 4-2 on Friday afternoon.

Rovers Reserves picked up their first victory of the 2012-13 campaign with an impressive 4-2 win over Reading.

The home side were blown away by an emphatic first half display from Rovers that saw them lead 4-0 at the break.

Osayamen Osawe got the scoring underway with John O'Sullivan, Jamie Maclaren and Tim Payne all netting before half-time.

The home side rallied in the second half with Simon Church and a deflected effort from Aaron Tshibola reducing arrears, but Rovers saw the game out to claim all three points.

With the first team having a match on Charlton on Saturday, Gary Bowyer had a young squad at his disposal for the Friday afternoon match, but they certainly didn't disappoint.

Rovers started brightly and had what seemed to be a cast iron penalty claim waved away when Osayamen Osawe was hauled down in the area by the Reading goalkeeper but the officials ignored the forward's pleas.

Unbowed Rovers continued their neat passing play and were rewarded on 33 minutes when a pin-point pass from Robbie Cotton played in Osawe and he made no mistake with a neat left-foot finish.

A minute later and the lead was doubled. Robbie Cotton again the provider sending a free-kick into the area where John O'Sullivan got up well to head home.

Rovers were rampant and in no time at all they were 3-0 up, Jamie Maclaren setting Osawe free on the flank before gleefully accepting the return ball to notch his first of the campaign.

It got even better for the Under-21s on the stroke of half time when a fourth goal was added. A slick passing move saw the ball arrive with Tim Payne and he fiercely fired home via a deflection.

But as good as the first half was, Rovers really didn't hit the same heights in the second as the Royals, to their credit, made a game of it.

Several chances were spurned before the home side pulled a goal back on 56 minutes, Simon Church scoring from inside the box.

Reading then saw a goal disallowed before Osawe broke away down the left but he couldn't find the well-placed Maclaren in the area.

As the match entered the final stages Reading added their second through Aaron Tshibola to make it a nervy ending but Rovers held on to claim their first three-point haul of the campaign.

"The first half was quite possibly the best 45 minutes of play since I've been at the club," enthused Bowyer. "They were simply outstanding.

"The passing was accurate and we were clinical in front of goal, I couldn't have asked for more.

"Unfortunately in the second half they were the opposite, they took their foot off the pedal and nearly got caught, so they'll have to learn from that.

"But I'm delighted with the frist win of the season, the lads showed a great team spirit and it ends a good week after playing as well as we did against Everton on Monday.

"There are still plenty of areas to improve upon but the win provides a good starting point."

ROVERS: Urwin, Henley (c), Beesley, O'Sullivan, Fernandez, Wylie, Osawe (sub Haley 75 mins), Payne, Maclaren, Cotton (sub Daly 75 mins), Morris.

Subs not used: Dilo, Brown.

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