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Rovers U18 1 Scunthorpe United U18 1

4 September 2017

Paul Stancliffe hailed the character of his side after the U18s fought back to earn their first point of the season against Scunthorpe United.

Keegan Townrow’s leveller, after Louis Collins’ opener, ensured a share of the spoils at Cantley Park.

U18 coach Stancliffe said: “I was pleased with the character and the way we’ve come back. In the second half we showed a lot more desire.

“We had a lot more passion and some good football, so we got more out of the team in the second half and I’m very pleased with them.”

Rilwan Olaosun and Myron Gibbons came off the bench in the closing stages as the young Rovers finished strongly.

Stancliffe added: “Players with their pace are going to cause the opposition problems. They’ve both been injured recently so the minutes that they got were pre-planned.

“The course of the second half was already on its way then and the pleasing part is that they’ve picked up the momentum and carried it on and gave us those fresh legs as well that helped.”

Rovers had an early chance when Lewis Scattergood found himself in a threatening position before laying the ball off to Cody Prior who struck over the bar.

The Iron took the lead after 27 minutes when Collins chipped Declan Ogley, and held that advantage at the break after a half of few chances.

In the second half Rovers showed a never die attitude as they came out with an attacking mentality - with forward Scattergood seeing the ball bounce off the crossbar after chipping Adam Kelsey.

Rovers’ efforts paid off from a late corner, when Danny Amos’ cross cleanly found the head of Townrow who nodded the ball past Kelsey to level things up.

Rovers had the best chance to win it when substitute Gibbons found himself through on goal only to hesitate in shooting and to be disposed by an alert Scunthorpe defence – but it was promising build-up play from Rovers.

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