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Derby u18s 0 Rovers u18s 3

21 November 2016

Rovers' Under-18s returned to winning ways with a 3-0 away win over Derby County on Saturday.

A first half header from Matty Makinson was followed up by strikes from Brad Lynch and Tre Pemberton to make it a comfortable afternoon in the East Midlands.

Playing into the wind in the first half, it took Billy Barr's side some time to get to grip with the conditions, but once they hit their stride there was only ever going to be one winner.

The lively Tre Pemberton fashioned the first opening of the match with a great run and cross, but it just evaded Lynch in the penalty area.

But on 35 minutes the deadlock was broke with a goal from a set-piece. Lynch sent over a corner and Matty Makinson headed home for his first of the season.

At the other end Ben Ascroft was called upon to make a find save to keep the Rams at bay in a rare opening for the home side.

Rovers started the second half strongly and doubled their advantage on 50 minutes from the penalty spot.

Callum Hendry turned well in the area and was about to apply the finishing touch when he was brought down by the Derby keeper. Lynch took the resulting penalty kick, making no mistake from 12-yards.

With a two-goal advantage the young Rovers were comfortable and a third duly arrived just past the hour mark.

A storming run from Pemberton saw him drive into the box and his shot across the area found the corner of the net to wrap up the points.

"It was a pleasing result and a pleasing performance," said Barr.

"It took us a while to get going but once we did we played some good football."

ROVERS: Ascroft, Jackson, Thompson (sub Williams 77 mins), Evans, Makinson, Carter, Pemberton, Mols, Lynch, Paton (sub Wright 76 mins), Hendry (sub Steer 66 mins)

Subs not used: Campbell, Buckley.

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