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Newcastle u18s 0 Rovers u18s 2

5 October 2015

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Rovers Under-18s maintained their fantastic run of results with a 2-0 away win at Newcastle United on Saturday.

Two second half goals from top scorer Lewis Mansell ensured a fourth straight victory on their travels this season to stretch their unbeaten run to six matches.

There was little between the two sides in the early exchanges at Little Benton, Rovers coming the closest in a goalless first half when Mason Fawns struck the crossbar after cutting in from the right.

Rovers needed a couple of saves from Andy Fisher at the start of the second half to keep the scores level, before the visitors grabbed the lead from the penalty spot on the hour after Fawns was tripped in the box.

Mansell was on penalty duty and he stepped up to make no mistake, beating the goalkeeper with a shot to his left.

Rovers spurned chances to extend their advantage but the lead was eventually doubled with just under ten minutes remaining with a fine solo goal from Mansell.

The striker won the ball on the halfway line before advancing on the Newcastle goal, eventually lashing home with a sweet left-foot strike to take his tally for the season to ten.

The visitors saw the remaining minutes out comfortably to make it another satisfactory afternoon on the road.

"It wasn't our most fluid of performances," said assistant coach Ian Jones.

"We were decent as a group defensively, but we were wasteful in possession and rode our luck at times.

"We've done well in our away games, Newcastle is always a tricky away game due to the travelling needed but it was a good result.

"It is nice to keep the run going, the morale and togetherness of the group is good, but there is still plenty of work to be done."

The Under-18s are back in action this Saturday when West Bromwich Albion are the visitors to Brockhall. Kick-off is at 11.00am, all supporters are welcome.

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Askew, Rankin-Costello, Platt, Magloire (sub C. Doyle 72 mins), Fawns (sub Pemberton 72 mins), Mols, Mansell, Grayson (sub Pirretas 78 mins), Howarth.

Subs not used: Steer, Ascroft.

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