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Rovers u18s 3 Stoke City u18s 0

6 December 2016

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Three second half goals saw Rovers' Under-18s defeat Stoke City at Brockhall on Saturday.

Stefan Mols, Daniel Butterworth and Joel Steer all found the back of the net in the final 20 minutes as Rovers completed a league double over the Potters.

Rovers found it tough going in the early stages against a big, strong, powerful Stoke City side. That lead to a competitive game, but little in the way of quality.

Goalless at the interval, Rovers finally made the breakthrough on 71 minutes. After a free-kick into the area was cleared, Andy Jackson put the ball back into the mix to where Mols controlled before hitting a superb strike into the back of the net.

The Potters offered little in the way of a response as Ben Ascroft in the Rovers goal was rarely troubled, and with five minutes remaining the home side doubled their advantage.

A free-kick from Tre Pemberton was played short to Mols and as he centred Matty Makinson was brought down in the box for a penalty. The Stoke defender seeing red for a second booking in the process.

Butterworth stepped up fron 12-yards and finished emphatically into the corner for his seventh of the season.

There was still time for Rovers to add a third goal on 88. Following a fantastic forward run from substitute Jack Evans, the midfielder picked out Steer with pinpoint pass into the area and the forward took a touch before slamming the ball home to complete the win.

"Overall we were disappointed with our performance on the ball," said assistant Under-18s coach Ian Jones.

"But out of possession the lads did really well, we kept our shape, we were organised.

"Full credit to them to win 3-0, it wasn't our best display but on reflection it was a pleasing result."

ROVERS: Ascroft, Jackson, Thompson, Grayson (sub Evans 58 mins), Makinson, Magloire, Pemberton, Mols, Butterworth (sub C. Doyle 90+2 mins), Hendry, Lynch (sub Steer 77 mins).

Subs not used: Williams, Campbell.

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