Rovers u18s 3 Man Utd u18s 1
Rovers' Under-18s ended 2013 on a high note with an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester United at Brockhall on Friday afternoon.
David Lowe's side came from a goal behind to score three times in the second half to clinch the victory.
The first half was nip and tuck but one that Rovers ended behind, Sam Lavelle fired over early on for Rovers before a chance for Demetri Mitchell was scrambled away by a combination of goalkeeper Callum Williams and midfielder George Pierce.
Brice Wassi saw a thunderbolt from outside the box tipped over before top scorer Jordan Preston saw a shot cleared off the line as Rovers pressed.
At the other end Williams made a superb save to deny Jordan Thompson two minutes before the break, however in added time at the end of the first half the visitors broke the deadlock.
A cross from the right somehow reached Mitchell and he scored at the second attempt after his first had struck the post.
Rovers showed no signs of disappointment at conceding so late at the end of the first half and drew level almost immediately from the restart.
A ball forward was flicked on by Jordan Preston and Dean Rittenberg pounced between goalkeeper and defender to bravely fire home.
Moments later an excellent involving Preston and Sam Joel almost saw Rittenberg in once more but United kept Rovers at bay on this occasion.
On 66 minutes Rovers grabbed a second goal that their forward play had deserved, Brice Wassi with a ball up to Jordan Preston who turned and lashed the ball beyond Dean Henderson in the Manchester United goal. It was the in-form striker's 20th goal of the season.
The lead remained intact when Callum Williams made an excellent save to deny Sean Goss, the midfielder's free-kick seemed destined for the far post, but the young 'keeper claimed well.
His save was rewarded by Rovers adding a third 11 minutes from time. This time Jordan Preston turned provider as his cross was headed down into the path of Modou Cham and he swept the ball home.
United pressed late for a way back into the game, Williams denying Goss once more, whilst Devonte Redmond wasted the opportunity for late drama when he fired wide in the final moments.
It was a hardworking display from the young Rovers, fully deserving of all three points.
ROVERS: Williams, Lavelle, Doyle, Bauress, Butterwick, Pierce, Rittenberg (sub Harris 86 mins), Wassi, Preston, Joel (sub Tanner 90 mins), Torres (sub Cham 59 mins).
Subs not used: Langford, Wall.