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West Brom u21s 0 Rovers u21s 1

30 March 2015

Rovers' Under-21s got back to winning ways on Monday evening with a 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.

After the hosts were reduced to ten men when Kyle Howkins saw red for brining down Devarn Green in the box, Bradley Bauress made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Against ten men Eric Kinder's side had plenty of opportunities to make their man advantage count, but the first half goal proved to be enough for them to claim all three points.

After a slow start at the Hawthorns it was Rovers who should have taken the lead in the 21st minute. Striker Dean Rittenberg spurning a great chance to give the visitors the lead when he fired wide with the goal at his mercy.

Rovers stepped it up after that and on 32 minutes a great ball behind the Albion defence from Jack Doyle saw Green through, but as he bore down on goal he was brought down by Howkins for a clear penalty and a straight red card for the defender who was last man.

Bauress took the honours from 12-yards and narrowly beat Alex Palmer in the West Brom goal to put the Rovers in front.

That advantage should have been doubled before the break, but Connor Thomson headed over a great chance when well placed.

The second half saw Rovers continue to force the pace, Green saw a deflected shot test Palmer, before Connor Mahoney and substitute Sam Joel both fired wide from distance.

At the other end David Raya was rarely tested in the Rovers goal as chances for Albion were kept to a minimum.

Thomson then forced Palmer into another important save before Rovers almost allowed the home side to snatch an equaliser at the death.

A simple long ball out of defence saw an Albion man through, but Ryan Nyambe got back to make an impeccably-timed challenge to ensure the three points would be heading back to Lancashire.

"If we had scored a second it would have been an easy night for us," said Kinder.

"Against ten men we should have been 3-0 up at half-time. It was a good performance but we failed to ram home our advantage.

"We could have kept the ball better and our tempo was too slow at times, and because of that we made it harder for ourselves than it should have been.

"But at a magnificent ground, on a magnificent surface, we saw the game out well. It is nice to win a league game once again."

ROVERS: Raya, Nyambe, Doyle, Thomson, Lavelle, Jones, Green (sub Tanner 75 mins), Bauress, Rittenberg (sub Joel 60 mins), Carson (c) (sub Hardcastle 90+2 mins), Mahoney.

Goals: Bauress (pen) 33 mins.

Subs not used: Crump, Wharton.

Attendance: 213.

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