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Beestin enjoying learning experience

19 September 2018

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Alfie Beestin says he and the Rovers’ Development squad are looking to move on quickly following defeat against a strong Mansfield Town side on Tuesday afternoon.

Beestin scored the opener after three minutes in the Central League North game, and says whilst he is pleased to get a goal in the game it was a good learning experience for the group.

“It was a great start and obviously I got the early goal, so on a personal level I’m happy because that’s two in two in these games so far, they had a strong team out so to take the lead and hold on for most of the half we did very well from that side of things,” he said.

“In the second-half we were fatigued and they were able to bring on fresh legs which gave them an edge which was always going to take its toll, so we struggled towards the end they took advantage and countered very well.

“They brought on a lot of pace in the second-half which became tough to play against, we had a young squad on towards the end too, but it’s one of those games you learn from and move on from quickly.

Beestin made 24 appearances in all competitions last season for the Rovers’ first team, scoring twice in the league, and he says he is keeping his head down and working hard to force his way in to Grant McCann’s thinking.

“I’ve got a few more minutes and I’ve got another goal so I can take a couple of positives out of the game, nobody likes to lose a game, but obviously on a personal level it’s always great to score so hopefully I’m able to force my way in to the first-team,” he said.

“It’s been similar to the start of last season really where I was on the bench a lot before coming into the side as the season went on, I’m just being patient and waiting for my opportunity to come round again and hopefully when I get a chance I can take it.

“I’ve been around for a couple of years now so I have a lot more experience under my belt, the gaffer just keeps telling me to work hard, we’ve had a great start to the season so I can’t moan, but he’s told me to keep working hard and I’ll get my chance soon.”

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