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Rovers u18s 5 Newcastle u18s 0

25 January 2016

Rovers Under-18s claimed a fifth successive victory at the weekend with an emphatic 5-0 win over Newcastle United.

Lewis Mansell and Tre Pemberton each scored a brace, whilst substitute Charley Doyle added a fifth ten minutes from time to wrap up a comfortable afternoon for Billy Barr's side.

Within 12 minutes at Brockhall Rovers found themselves a goal to the good. Joe Grayson's in-swinging corner was only cleared as far as Stefan Mols and his header back into the centre was nodded home by Mansell into an unguarded goal.

Despite taking the lead, Rovers struggled to get their forward play going, the home side sloppy in possession. But they could have added to their tally when Mason Fawns spurned a great opportunity at the back post.

However as the first half drew to a close Rovers stretched their advantage with two goals from Pemberton.

On 42 a swift counter-attack saw Mols play the ball through to the winger and he found the back of the net with a neat one-touch finish.

Then three minutes later Grayson fed Mols down the right and his centre found Pemberton once more who smashed home for his fourth of the season.

The Magpies started the second half the better of the two sides but the Rovers defence did their job to keep them out early on before the Lancashire side made it 4-0 on 51.

Good pressure in the final third saw Lewis Travis exchange passes with Pemberton and his cross picked out Mansell to score his second of the game with a fine right-footed strike.

Mansell could have claimed a hat-trick soon after as Travis and Pemberton combined to good effect once more down the right, but the ball into the area was hit with just too much venom and the striker couldn't direct his header on target.

Ten minutes from time Rovers added a fifth to complete a fine afternoon's work. Substitute Charley Doyle, operating in midfield, picked up the ball on the angle before floating a wonderful effort over the goalkeeper and into the far corner of the net. A real striker's goal.

"We were slow to get going and were sloppy in possession at times," said Barr.

"It is a good days work, but we can still be better and we will have to be better."

The Under-18s are back in action this Tuesday lunchtime when they travel to take on Sunderland.

ROVERS: Ascroft, Travis (sub Makinson 58 mins), Williams, Hardcastle (sub C. Doyle 63 mins), Platt, Magloire, Pemberton, Mols, Mansell, Grayson, Fawns (sub Steer 65 mins).

Subs not used: Pirretas, Winterbottom.

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