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Rovers U18 0 Notts County U18 0

25 February 2018

Honours were even as a particularly youthful Rovers U18 side were held to a goalless draw at Cantley Park.

Coach Paul Stancliffe continued to offer opportunities to some of the U16 and 15s with Will McGowan making his first start for the side.

Rovers were kept on their toes early on as Tyreese Kennedy-Williams made a cross into Louis Jones’ box which was stabbed clear by Horton.

But defensively Rovers were strong. Their tight squeezing put the Notts County attackers under too much pressure, forcing any shots that they had off-target.

Louis Jones he had to be quick off his line to extinguish a threat coming from Vion Etete.

The closest the Magpies went to scoring in the first-half was when Declan Dunn’s impressive looping shot looked set to sneak under the bar before a determined Cameron Baldock-Smith made a goal-line-clearance.

Rieves Boocock had a great second-half chance for Rovers as his shot from the edge of the box just crept over the crossbar, much to the relief of Culverwell in County’s goal.

Dunn was once again involved in a remarkable piece of attacking football for Notts County as his free-kick from 25 yards was sliced inches wide of the top-right-corner.

Rovers showed they have great counter-attacking ability as from a Notts County corner they managed to break through.

Cody Prior burst through the left flank before delivering a low cross into the box where the ball was propelled at goal several times and somehow it did not hit the back of the net.

In the end, Rovers had to settled for a point and a convincing clean sheet after dominating possession for large parts of the game. 

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