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U18s: West Brom 1 Rovers 2

3 October 2016

Rovers Under-18s made it three wins in a row with a dramatic last-gasp victory over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Billy Barr's young side went into the match full of confidence after wins over Stoke and Middlesbrough, but needed a 94th minute winner from Daniel Butterworth to claim the points.

Rovers started brightly at the WBA Development Centre, Butterworth almost opening the scoring inside two minutes but the keeper smothered his shot when through on goal.

But some sixty seconds later the visitors grabbed the opener. A cross from the left looped up off a defender with Callum Wright reacting brilliantly with a great header into the top corner.

Rovers continued to force the pace in the first half, controlling the game but without creating any further opportunities to add to their tally.

However as good as they were in the opening 45, Rovers struggled to get a foothold in the game in the second with keeper Ben Ascroft making several key saves.

The hosts eventually made their improved showing pay by drawing level from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.

A goalmouth scramble saw the ball strike the arm of Andy Jackson and Marcus Forss fired home from 12-yards.

It could have gotten worse for Rovers as Albion continued to pose the greater threat, but deep into added time at the end of the match the Lancashire side were awarded a free-kick.

Daniel Butterworth stepped up 25-yards out and although his shot clipped the wall, it wrong-footed the West Brom keeper and flew into the opposite corner of the net to clinch the points in Rovers' favour.

"It was a fortunate win for us," said coach Billy Barr.

"In the first half we played some good football, but in the second we know we have got to play better than that.

"We got lucky with the deflected goal but it was great to see the team celebrate as one."

The Under-18s are back in action after the international break with an away match at Sunderland.

ROVERS: Ascroft, Jackson, Thompson, Mols, Magloire, Makinson, Pemberton (sub Buckley 86 mins), Wright (sub Curran 76 mins), Butterworth, Evans, Paton (sub Fawns 66 mins).

Subs not used: Campbell, Williams.


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