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U18s: Rovers 4 Wolves 0

24 October 2016

Rovers' Under-18s claimed their fifth successive league victory with a 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

A brace from forward Daniel Butterworth and strikes from Tre Pemberton and Brad Lynch made it a comfortable afternoon at Brockhall.

Rovers started the game slowly, but two goals in as many minutes just past the half hour put the home side in control.

A strong forward run from Stefan Mols saw the midfielder carry the ball some 50-yards before he was tripped in the area. Butterworth stepped up and made no mistake from 12-yards.

Almost straight from the restart Rovers doubled their advantage. Pemberton intercepted a ball across the back line to race into the area, and although he went down under a challenge, the attacker showed good awareness to regain possession and bend the ball into the far corner.

Leading 2-0 at the break Rovers started the second half strongly with a further two goals in quick succession.

On 47 minutes Alex Curran spread the ball out to the right to where full back Andy Jackson centred and although Pemberton saw his shot blocked, Butterworth was on hand to smash home the rebound.

It was 4-0 five minutes later when a run from inside his own half by Pemberton went unchecked, and having reached the Wolves area he slipped in Lynch who took a touch before firing home to complete the scoring.

"We did okay without every being brilliant," said U18 assistant coach Ian Jones.

"We showed a great togetherness and team spirit for the full game, working hard for the clean sheet."

ROVERS: Campbell, Jackson (sub C. Doyle 69 mins), Thompson (sub Williams 72 mins), Evans, Makinson, Magloire, Pemberton, Mols, Butterworth (sub Steer 77 mins), Lynch, Curran.

Subs not used: Winterbottom, Wright.

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