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Wolves u18s 1 Rovers u18s 1

31 January 2017

Rovers' Under-18s capped a busy week of football with a worthy point away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.

Billy Barr's young side followed up victories over West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough with a 1-1 draw.

Jack Evans gave Rovers the lead five minutes into the second half, but the hosts levelled soon afterwards to ensure the points were shared.

With a host of players involved with the Under-23s, it was a young side that took to the field at Wolves' training ground, and that unfamiliar line-up meant Rovers struggled to get their passing game going in a largely uneventful opening 45.

But the second half saw Rovers start aggressively and they took the lead on 50 minutes.

Impressive work from Evans saw him press the centre-half into playing back to his keeper who then lost possession of the football to allow the midfielder a simple tap-in.

However Rovers couldn't build on their lead as the hosts levelled just ten minutes later when a corner was headed home at the back post.

Rovers pressed for the lead once more, dominating the game. Substitute Alex Curran struck a post, whilst Callum Wright saw a goal chalked off for offside after Callum Hendry's initial shot from outside the area had been spilled.

But after that flurry of chances there were no further goal threats as the match ended all square.

"Overall it has been a pleasing week in terms of results," said assistant coach Ian Jones.

"We have put in some decent performances, both as a team and individually.

"We were very young against Wolves but I felt the lads acquitted themselves well."

ROVERS: Ascroft, Wright, Thompson, Buckley, Jackson, Carter, Pemberton (c), Paton, Steer (sub Curran 65 mins), Hendry, Evans.

Subs not used: Campbell (GK), Wilson.

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