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Wolves u18s 2 Rovers u18s 2

19 October 2015

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Rovers Under-18s maintained their unbeaten start away from home with a 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

A second goal in as many games from Stefan Mols, and a 75th minute strike from Joe Rankin-Costello, saw the young Rovers earn a share of the spoils at the Sir Jack Heywood Training Ground.

The home side started brightly, striking the crossbar in the opening exchanges, but it was Rovers who grabbed the lead on 12 minutes.

After striker Joel Steer had spurned a great opportunity in front of goal from a Ramirez Howarth centre, Howarth again provided the delivery into the box with Mols arriving to head home.

Wolves responded well and were awarded a soft penalty soon afterwards, but Andy Fisher in the Rovers goal saved Ross Finnie's spot-kick and then did brilliantly to keep out the follow-up.

However it wasn't long before the hosts were back on level terms. On 22 minutes a ball over the top of the Rovers' back four was controlled by winger Joe Delacoe he cut inside to finish well.

The break came at a good time for Rovers as Wolves ended the half strongly.

But despite Billy Barr's side starting the second half in the ascendancy, it was Wolves who took the lead on the hour in fortunate circumstances.

A shot from distance by Nicu Carnat took a huge deflection and the ball looped beyond the stranded Fisher and into the back of the net.

But Rovers overcame the disappointment of going behind by getting back on the front foot, taking the game to the opposition.

With 15 minutes to go their persistence was rewarded with an equaliser as Joe Rankin-Costello seized upon a mis-placed backpass to fire into the unguarded net from 30-yards.

Rovers almost won the match in the closing stages as a cross was cleared as far as Mason Fawns. The substitute struck the ball sweetly on the volley but his effort was blocked on the line.

"The things we worked on in training we put into play better than we did last week," said Under-18s coach Billy Barr.

"We showed a great spirit and endeavour, but there are still things we need to work on and we'll do that before our next match against Middlesbrough in a fortnight's time."

ROVERS: Fisher, Pirretas, Travis, Platt, C.Doyle, Rankin-Costello, Grayson, Mols, Pemberton (sub Fawns 70 mins), Steer (sub Mansell 60 mins), Howarth.

Subs not used: Ascroft, Magloire, Lynch.

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