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Bolton u18s 1 Rovers u18s 1

5 May 2015

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The Under-18s extended their unbeaten run to seven matches with a 1-1 draw away at Bolton Wanderers in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday.

In testing conditions, the young Rovers recovered from conceding an early goal to level thanks to a Willem Tomlinson strike, and although they had chances to win the game, they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

On a tricky surface and in windy conditions, Rovers started poorly and went behind after just two minutes when Tyrell Palmer took advantage of some hesitant play to fire the home side in front.

It wasn't until the midway point of the first half that Rovers started to gain any ground in the game and they eventually drew level on 36 minutes.

Josh Askew sent a free-kick into the box and although it was headed clear, it was only as far as Willem Tomlinson and he drove home with a fine right-footed shot.

The second half saw Rovers continue to force the pace but despite creating a host of good opportunities they couldn't get the second goal their play deserved.

The home side were indebted to a fantastic save from Will Jaaskelainen, sensationally keeping out a Lewis Mansell effort.

Had Rovers taken the lead they'd have probably scored further goals, but the hosts defended well to keep Carey's side at bay.

"It was a below par performance from us," said the Rovers coach.

"The conditions played a part, we had to abandon our regular style and it made it difficult for us, but we need to be able to deal with those situations.

"We had loads of possession and plenty of chances, and had we scored a second I'm sure we'd have gone on and got more, but it wasn't to be."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Askew, Hardcastle, Platt, Wharton, Howarth, Tomlinson, Mansell, Joel (sub Pemberton 80 mins), Wall (sub Callaway 68 mins).

Subs not used: Ascroft, Pirretas, Mehew.

The Under-18s bring their season to a close this Saturday at Brockhall when they take on Stoke City. Kick-off at the Academy is at 11.00am, all supporters are welcome.

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