Pre-season concluded for the U18s with an away defeat to Thorne Colliery.
Both sides fielded two different teams either side of the half. Starting Rovers’ first-half was Luke Chadwick, Alex Fletcher, Tom Petch, Michael Nesbit, Jak Whiting, Flint, Jack Raper, Faris Khan, Corie Cole, Justin Bennett and Trialist A.
Thorne got the game underway, winning a corner within a minute, but Chadwick was quick out to stab away the danger and Rovers cleared their lines with no problems. Only ten minutes later, and Rovers would find themselves a goal behind from a corner as Aiden Marshall rose the highest to head into goal.
After some patient play, Rovers got themselves back in the game as the ball went from one full-back to another. Petch floated a ball across the face of goal which reached the advancing Whiting who was able to bundle home.
Thorne retook the lead five minutes later after a penalty was given away by Cole. Chadwick dived the right way but was still unable to deny Evans-Booth.
For the remainder of the first-half, the game was even with little chances falling for either side.
For the second-half McSheffrey’s side lined up with Tom Chambers, Tom Henson, Bobby Faulkner, Daniel Wilds, Tom Parkinson, Josh Lindley, Will Hollins, Jack Raper, Faris Khan, Aleks Wolny and Jack Goodman.
Around ten minutes into the start of the second period, Henson went down injured which led to a momentary pause in play while he received treatment.
After play resumed, Rovers ascended into control with chances coming from Wilds and Goodman from set-pieces.
Their persistence paid off when Rovers bagged their second through Trialist A who was substituted back on earlier.
As the game drew closer to a conclusion a tiring Rovers conceded three more goals.
Colliery snatched their third of the game through Callum Verhees who was initially denied by Chambers but he managed to beat the Rovers keeper on the rebound. Chambers was then defeated by Verhees and Dom Mellor later.
In the dying moments of the game, Jack Raper salvaged a goal back as his shot on goal was was too powerful to be stopped by the opposition goalkeeper.
The U18s head to Lincoln City on August 7, for the return of competitive league action.