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Rovers u18s 2 Southampton u18s 1

14 April 2015

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The Under-18s maintained their recent impressive run of results with a 2-1 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Goals from Ryan Masterson and Sam Joel stretched Rovers' unbeaten run to five games with the victory over the Saints at Brockhall.

The home side started strongly, almost taking the lead inside the first minute when a defensive mix-up saw Lewis Mansell strike goalwards, but the visiting goalkeeper atoned for his earlier error with a smart save.

However sixty seconds later Rovers did take the lead when a Lewis Hardcastle corner from the left found Scott Wharton at the back post and he nodded across the six-yard box for Masterson to head home.

Rovers stayed in control of the game but Southampton came into it in the last part of the half, and almost grabbed an equaliser when Ollie Cook struck the top of the crossbar with a header from a corner.

But the visitors did level just before the break when a cross from the right was bundled home by Marcus Barnes at the near post.

Rovers rallied at the start of the second half and regained the lead from the penalty spot on 68 minutes after Saints defender Richard Backary was adjudged to have handled.

Sam Joel stepped up and made no mistake from 12-yards for his 15th goal in all competitions this season.

Rovers had chances on the break but at the other end Andrew Fisher really didn't have a lot to do as the defence did their job well.

"We made a really good start and were well on top," said coach Brian Carey.

"I felt we were stronger than them all of the pitch when we needed to be, we were dominant in a lot of areas against them and it showed at the end.

"There were a lot of good performances and a lot of positives in the game so we were really pleased with that."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Edgar, Hardcastle, Platt, Wharton, Wall, Tomlinson, Mansell (c) (sub Cham 55 mins), Masterson (sub Callaway 78 mins), Joel.

Subs not used: Ascroft, Askew, Howarth.

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