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Stoke City u18s 1 Rovers u18s 2

6 October 2014

Rovers' Under-18s claimed their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory away at Stoke City on Saturday.

The young Rovers have found results hard to come by so far this campaign, but against an older Potters side they claimed all three points with a hard working display.

Rovers started brightly, seeing plenty of the ball, before they deservedly took the lead on the half hour through Sam Joel. The forward grabbing his fourth of the campaign after  cutting in from the right to fire home left-footed.

The home side looked to hit back as they struck the woodwork from the free-kick, Rovers having to defend well to keep out deliveries into the box.

The second half saw Rovers start on the up but from a corner kick they were hit on the break as the Potters levelled.

However Rovers replied immediately with Luke Wall getting in down the side to score his second in as many matches to secure the win.

"Overall it was a very good hard working performance," said coach Brian Carey.

"The win will give everyone a lift as results haven't been kind to us this season.

"It was a really good day for us."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas (sub Tomlinson 70 mins), Askew, Pierce, Scott, Platt, Howarth, Hardcastle, Wall, Joel, Callaway (sub Mansell 80 mins).

Subs not used: Edo, Williams, Mehew.

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