Rovers Under-18s slipped to a disappointing 4-1 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.
There was little between the two sides until a goal for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, and although Rovers briefly levelled, United scored three goals in quick succession to claim all three points.
At a sunny Brockhall chances were at a premium in the first half.
After a quiet opening, Rovers forward Sam Joel was the first to chance his arm, but he fired straight at Dean Henderson in the visiting goal after 15 minutes.
Ollie Rathbone served his intent two minutes later with a vicious shot that Rovers stopper Andrew Fisher did brilliantly to tip over the bar, whilst Ramirez Howarth fired over after a good run.
On the stroke of half-time Rathbone let fly once more, but although Fisher looked to have the effort covered, he somehow let the ball squirm from his grasp and it dropped agonisingly into the back of the net to see United lead at the break.
Fisher redeemed himself early in the second half with a fine save to thwart Zach Dearnley, before a Rovers substitution paid dividends.
Lewis Mansell replaced Oliver Mehew up front just before the hour mark and within five minutes the forward had levelled the scoring. The tall forward arrived in the box to meet a centre from the right and he steered the ball into the corner.
But no sooner had play resumed, United were back in front. A corner wasn't dealt with and Rathbone scrambled home at the near post for his second.
Rovers had no time to reply as the visitors soon grabbed a third. Again it was from a corner kick with forward Ruairi Croskery heading home.
Rovers were shellshocked and United took full advantage, scoring their third goal in six minutes.
It was a hat-trick strike for Rathbone, as the son of former Rovers defender Mick, found the net once more.
As the game entered the latter stages Rovers pressed for an unlikely way back, defender Matthew Platt twice testing the opposition keeper with long-range strikes, whilst Mansell glanced wide a late headed opportunity.
"It was very frustrating in the sense that we were well in the game but just before half-time we made a mistake," said coach Brian Carey.
"We got ourselves back to 1-1 but then conceded two sloppy goals from near post corners which we've definitely got to do better with.
"You won't win any football matches making mistakes like that."
ROVERS: Fisher, Tomlinson, Askew (sub Edgar 72 mins), Hardcastle, Pirretas, Platt, Howarth, Pierce, Mehew (sub Mansell 59 mins), Joel, Callaway (sub Edo 69 mins).
Subs not used: Williams, C. Doyle.