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Stancliffe praises Luca Nelson in Rovers U18s win

10 March 2020

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Paul Stancliffe praised super-sub Luca Nelson for his stunning contribution to his side's 3-2 win over Notts County U18.

Nelson’s last-minute winner secured the youth team’s fifth consecutive win to take them within touching distance of securing the league’s top spot.

Stancliffe said: “I don’t usually like to single individual players out, but Luca came on as a substitute and he changed the game.

“He increased the game intensity and the tempo, and I’ve mentioned that to the lads. He’s been chomping at the bit after coming in as a first year.

“He is full of enthusiasm and is really first-class and I was delighted that it was actually him who earnt us the win in the end. He has got the team the win.”

Forwards Junior Smith and Jack Watson have been in fine form this season both hitting double figures meaning first year scholar Nelson has had to be patient and look to make an impact from the bench. After taking his chance on Saturday, he believes he can use this performance to kick on.

He said: “I am buzzing to have scored and contributed to the team’s win today - it could play a big part in us winning the League.

“For the goal, it was really good timing for me to meet the cross when I did, and I had a fresh mind after just coming off the bench.

“Most of this season has been about waiting for my opportunity but my aim now is to kick on and contribute more to the team - I want to play more games and score more goals.”

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