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Rovers U16s crowned Northern Regional Champions

25 November 2019

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Rovers U16s claimed an emphatic victory over Shrewsbury Town to be crowned champions of the Northern Regional Final.

Rovers qualified for the final by finishing top of the EFL U16s league - is a mini competitive league which primarily aims to help with the transition from Youth Development Phase (U13-U16) to the Professional Development Phase (U18s and U23s).

The U16s took brilliantly to competitive football thriving in the league and registering impressive results while maintaining consistent performances.

The regional final between Rovers and Shrewsbury Town was played at a neutral venue - Mansfield Town’s training ground - and is the biggest match the U16s have played to date.

While the game started evenly, Rovers U16s gained good momentum and were able to blow the opposition away securing their place in the National Final next month.

Lead Youth Development Phase coach and U16s head coach Tony Mee commented: “The boys have had an excellent season and should be proud of their achievements so far.

"We have to keep them grounded for a couple of weeks but it's understandable that they should be excited about qualifying for a National Final. Some of the boys have been at the Club for a long time and I would like to place on record my and their thanks to all of the coaches and other staff, fitness, physios and psychologists who have worked with them over the course of their journey.

"We should acknowledge their parents who continue to support them in all weather and often forego other commitments to get them to training and games.”

Rovers U16s will now face the winner of the Southern Regional Final in the National Final which will take place on December 8.

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