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West Brom u18s 0 Rovers u18s 1

18 January 2016

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Rovers' Under-18s followed up last Monday's FA Youth Cup win over Leicester City with a narrow 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

A first half own goal proved to be the difference at Albion's training ground as Rovers returned north with all three points.

Billy Barr made seven changes from the cup triumph but despite this they were strong starters.

On 20 minutes their play was rewarded with the only goal of the game. Joe Grayson sending over an in-swinging corner that Matty Platt headed back across goal and an Albion player diverted the ball into the back of his own net.

Rovers continued to see chances come and go but they were grateful for a save from keeper Andy Fisher to keep their lead to half-time. The home side denied by a superb stop from the Rovers man when one on one.

The Baggies changed their system at half-time and Rovers struggled to match their first half display as West Brom took charge.

But when called upon Andy Fisher made important saves to keep their opponents at bay.

At the other end Tre Pemberton could have doubled Rovers' advantage when he broke through, but he was denied by the keeper's legs.

Albion applied late pressure with their goalkeeper going up for a last-gasp corner, but Rovers held on to claim the points.

"We were the better side in the first half and they were better than us in the second," said coach Billy Barr.

"It was a good win on a day that we didn't think we would play due to the weather.

"It was good to see Matty Platt back after six weeks out. We were a much-changed team and it is a good problem to have that we have people who can come in and win games."

ROVERS: Fisher, Travis, Platt, Magloire, Williams, Hardcastle, Grayson, Mols, Pemberton, Steer, Fawns (sub Makinson 75 mins).

Subs not used: Ascroft, Pirretas, Buckley.

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