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Rovers u18s 1 Bolton u18s 1

25 November 2014

Rovers' Academy earned themselves a hard-fought point against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

The visitors lead at the break at Brockhall, but Luke Wall's close-range strike five minutes into the second half saw Rovers claim a share of the spoils.

After an even opening it was the Trotters who took the lead, Jamie Thomas lashing home from distance after 25 minutes.

Rovers had conceded four goals in their previous outing in the draw with Sunderland, but they showed much more defensive resolve to keep Bolton at bay.

The second half saw the Rovers Under-18s step it up and on 50 minutes they got back on level terms.

A corner from Willem Tomlinson was sent into the box and as it flashed across the face of goal Luke Wall fired home from close-range for his third of the campaign.

Both sides continued to battle, Rovers twice seeing penalty shouts turned down, as the game ended all square.

"I'm pleased with how we performed against a stronger Bolton side," said coach Brian Carey. "Overall it was a good battle rather than an entertaining football match.

"All of the players had a good go and although we lacked quality at times they put in a lot of effort."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Edgar, Tomlinson (sub Hardcastle 60 mins), Scott, Platt, Howarth (sub Mehew 80 mins), Pierce, Wall, Joel, Callaway (sub Edo 70 mins).

Subs not used: Williams, Askew.

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