Billy Barr says he’s seen the good, the bad and the ugly from his side in the first half of the season.
Barr’s boys sit in eighth place in the Under-18 Premier League North table.
There's been a mixed bag of results from Rovers, but Barr has been pleased with the progress shown from his young group.
“We started badly, but when we look back and reflect, we played the best teams in the league and only got done once by a cricket score,” said the Under-18s head coach.
“We’re scoring goals and had a turnaround where we went five games unbeaten. We ended up finishing 2018 with a bit of a whimper really, so Christmas has probably come at a good time for us.
“We’ll have a break, refresh and will hopefully come into 2019 and turn draws into wins and defeats into draws.
“We’ve only got a couple of second years in and around the squad, so it’s been a real learning curve for a lot of the first years.
“At this stage of the season last year, we threw a lot of youngsters into the team to get that experience and to show that resilience and character. We’ve had that in patches this season.”
Barr has laid down the challenge to his players to make sure that the final 11 fixtures are better than the opening 10.
“We’ve been honest with individuals and when we get back in after Christmas we’ll look to start again and see what we can do in the final 11 games,” he added.
“The lads work extremely hard, but in a calendar year there haven’t been too many victories.
“Can we finish in the top half after these next 11 games? That’s the aim for the players.”