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Rovers U18s 3 Notts County U18s 2

9 March 2020


Rovers U18s 3 Notts County U18s 2

9 March 2020

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Rovers U18s formulated a dramatic late come back to beat Notts County U18 3-2 at Cantley Park.

The result means Paul Stancliffe’s side are on a scintillating run of five League wins on the bounce after previously dissembling Huddersfield Town, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield and Lincoln City.

Marius Conradi had the first chance for Rovers after knocking Elliott Walker’s ball over the bar with his head.

This time Conradi would be on target as he gave Rovers the lead on ninth minute, flicking the ball into goal from close range after connecting with Junior Smith’s dipping cross from the left.

Smith was again back in the midst of the action, this time down the opposite wing after chopping the ball past Mazhi Simmons but County were eventually able to catch up with him and force the ball out for a corner - the resulting set piece was defended well by the visitors.

Notts County thought they had the equaliser when they pumped the ball into the box from the right-hand side and Kigran Cummings headed into goal only for the assistant referee to rule it out as the ball had gone out of play during the cross.

Before half-time, Rovers came within inches of doubling their lead when Smith picked up on Owan Derrett’s perfect touch.

On 50-minutes, Notts County had equalised after Simmons’ cross was poked in by a County forward.

The visitors took a bizarre lead when an injured Ben Bottomley was beaten by Syme Mulvany’s deflected shot.

A final tactical role of the dice from Stancliffe came through the introduction of Luca Nelson who got straight involved with the action as he tried dinking the ball past goalkeeper Quinn Johnson, but the advancing shot-stopper managed to deflect it out.

With 15-minutes to go Rovers cranked up the heat on an opposition which was beginning to look nervous. Their drive paid off with an equaliser coming through Conradi as he hit a powerful ball into the top of the net from 18-yards after a well worked corner routine.

Sensationally with only minutes to spare, Ben Blythe hit a sublime ball into Walker who nodded back across goals and into the path of Nelson who arrived at the right time to toe the ball in at the back post.

With results around the league all going in Rovers’ favour on Saturday, Stancliffe's side could clinch the league’s top spot against local rivals Rotherham United next weekend.

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