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Stancliffe impressed by U18s' attitude

5 October 2018

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Paul Stancliffe felt his U18 side sent a statement out to the rest of the division with their dominant win in last Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Mansfield Town.

Rovers came out 4-2 winners in an action-packed game which saw yet another hat-trick by Rieves Boocock as well as a stunning strike from Hamza Mohammed.

Stancliffe's men were 4-0 up before enforced reshuffles at the back allowed the Stags to pull two goals back against a makeshift backline.

Stancliffe said: "I was absolutely delighted with the win – more so delighted with the performance – I said to Kieran Scarff before the game 'I sense they're a little edgy and nervous in the warm-up with the position of the two teams'. I was a bit wary of it.

"But, in fairness, they've gone out there and performed. They will have to be nervous every week because that was the best we've performed all season.

"In the last 15 minutes we made it a bit harder than it should have been, but before that I thought we were absolutely magnificent."

The U18s boss has been full of praise for the characters he has in his squad and was quick to praise Cameron Foulkes, who missed out through injury, and Boocock – with the latter netting eight goals in three games.

Stancliffe added: "Cammy has had a good season so far, he doesn't like missing out – they want to be a part of it, the bond they have was emphasised by the fact Cammy showed up, helped in the warm-up and watched from the sidelines.

"Rieves is always there in front of goal – we've known that for a while. He can finish, and he knows where the net is, and he's just got to keep doing that. The next stage for him, if he can keep doing it, is to break into the U23 team and see if he can do it at that level, but he is doing really well, and he is looking really sharp around the box.

"We've got a very good team, it's a cliche but they are an unbelievable bunch to work with and they do pull each other out if somebody's not doing a good job - they're not frightened of getting on to their team mates."

Stancliffe's side are back in action on Saturday when they host Shrewsbury Town at Cantley Park (11am). Entrance is free.

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