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Stancliffe proud of how U18s handled pressure

30 April 2019

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Paul Stancliffe was pleased that his side overcame their pre-match nerves to beat Huddersfield 2-1 in the final home game of the season.

The U18 manager was proud of the second-half reaction which followed a nervy first half. Goals from Nathan Dimou and Lirak Hasani help Rovers claim three points and strengthen their grip on the title.

He said: “What we got in the second-half is what I wanted to see after the performance of the first-half. I could sense they were nervous heading into this game.

“In the second-half we showed more of what we were about – we showed great character and got more chances and we took them well.

“I felt today that we just needed that goal to give us the confidence, because we had a few chances that were wasted but in the end we made them count.”

If Rovers are able to better Grimsby Town U18 result next weekend, they will claim to title.

Stancliffe added: “It’s a competitive league and there’s a lot of tough teams that are filled with players fighting for professional deals at their clubs and anybody can beat anybody.

“The titles now in our hands now, we need to go again next week to ensure we can wrap this up.”


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