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Rovers U18 1 Port Vale U18 1

9 October 2017

Paul Stancliffe felt Rovers’ youth team deserved all three points after a performance which threatened to blow Port Vale away at Cantley Park.

Right from the referee’s whistle Rovers applied fast attacking football that seemed to have stunned Vale so much so that it took until around the 20th minute until they even managed to get a shot off on goal - when James Steel hit the ball on the volley from a cross which went sky-high over Declan Ogley’s bar.

This did not faze Rovers, who then responded by taking the lead just before half-time. Myron Gibbons found himself one-on-one with Clockwell and he slipped it past him to earn Rovers the much-deserved lead.

Rovers maintained the same type of tempo going into the second half, but a little mistake at the back led to Port Vale capitalising and substitute Kyle Johnson took full advantage of the mistake, Declan Ogley to make the score line all square.

Stancliffe said: “From my last few interviews that we’ve had we’ve been talking about the lack of co-ordination, but it was totally different.

“I can honestly say that we haven’t got what we deserved so there’s a lot of positives in the performance.

“We have gone from the disappointment of last week where we probably didn’t deserve anything based on just the first 20 minutes, to where they are disappointed this week because they put in a performance for 90 minutes.”

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