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Cup win caps memorable campaign for Carter

The versatile defender bagged the opener in the Lancashire Senior Cup Final earlier this week

9 May 2019

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He scored the opening goal of Rovers' Lancashire Senior Cup Final win earlier this week, and Hayden Carter has been looking back on a superb season both individually and for the Development Squad.

Carter, who came through the Academy system, bagged the opener against Burnley at Leyland on Tuesday night, with Jack Vale's late finish earning a 2-0 win and the trophy for Damien Johnson's young outfit.
The 19-year-old has shown his versatility this term, playing in centre midfield, right back and right midfield, but has reverted to his natural centre back position in recent weeks.
And after popping up with a rare goal this week, the teenager was beaming.
“It’s always good to score, especially in cup finals, but the main thing tonight was to get the win and get the trophy," Carter reflected after lifting the trophy at the Lancashire FA HQ.
“They were trying to slow the game down a lot, but we kept going and always had a feeling we could get a goal.
“Against Burnley, we know the fans like to get one over on them, to we’re glad we’ve done it for them.
“Winning trophies is only good for our development because in the long run that’s what we want to do in our career. We picked up silverware in the league and we’ve won a trophy this season as well, to it’s been great."
The turnaround in fortunes for the Development Squad has been dramatic since the early part of this year, and Carter adds that "belief" has been a key factor in Rovers' run of 13 wins from their final 18 games of the season in all competitions.
And he's also reserved special praise for Under-23s boss Johnson.
“We’ve believed more since the start of 2019," he added.
"Initially I think we couldn’t get to terms with the quality in the division following promotion.
“But since Christmas we’ve been very good and have just believed a lot more.
“Jonty [Johnson] does a lot for us and really helps us a lot, especially this season with quite a few lads coming up from the Under-18s.
“It’s a completely different side from last season and both individually and as a team he’s been brilliant for everyone."

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