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Rovers U18s 4 Scunthorpe United U18s 0

24 September 2018

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Rovers' U18s turned on the style as they cruised to 4-0 victory over local rivals Scunthorpe United at Cantley Park.

Coach Paul Stancliffe made two changes to the side that lost to Lincoln in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup last week, with Myron Gibbons and Will McGowan making way for Jack Watson and Lirak Hasani.

Rovers did have a chance within the first minute as Hamza Mohammed cuts in from the left and drilled the ball wide of Sam Riches' goal from a difficult angel for the forward.

Lewis Landers, in Rovers' goal, produced a fine save as he prevented Miracle Okafor from giving Scunthorpe the lead ashe urgently rushed off his line to save his shot – then the re-bounded effort was deflected by Rovers' back-line.

Rovers took the lead on the half-an-hour mark when full-back Branden Horton shot low from the left-hand-side of the box after Rovers' initial shot was saved by Riches.

In an attempt for them to get back into the game, Scunthorpe made one change at the interval which saw Dan Gallimore enter the field of play at the expense of Raynner Silva.

The change did not have the influence that Steve Thornber wanted as the Rovers scored an excellent team goal within 10 -minutes of the restart with Mohammed dispossessing an Iron defender before finding Barnett who forced Riches into a quick low save before Rieves Boocock was on-hand to tap it into the back of the net.

Rovers continued their free-flowing attacking football, with luscious passing movements which eventually lead to more goals.

They made it three-nil with almost a duplicate of their second as Mohammed came down the left before heaping the ball into the box where Barnett's shot was saved, but parred back into play, allowing Boocock caress it into the bottom-right corner.

Jack Watson had an opportunity to score his third of the season as he found himself in a good position to shoot, but his shot was saved by Riches' stretching left leg.

Rovers killed the game off with their fourth goal of the game – starting all the way back with Landers, who hoofed the ball upfield to Gibbons on the left-wing.

Gibbons showed great vision to pick-out Barnett with space in the box, and he was able to deliver home into the bottom-right-corner.

The young Rovers side were able to hold onto their third win of five in the League and their second clean-sheet of the season to see them retain their place at the top of their division.


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