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REPORT | Basford U18s 1 Rovers U18s 2

5 November 2021

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A ninety fourth minute goal from Jack Goodman sends Rovers U18s through to the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

The first-half was a good showing from Rovers who quickly got into a one-nil lead, but Basford definitely showed their quality.

The first chance for Rovers saw Owen Scattergood have a shot deflected wide which seemed goal bound. Scattergood was later on the end of a through ball from Corie Cole, but a brilliant save from Gianni Musson denied the Rovers forward.

A second through ball from Cole on the 21st minute found Alex Fletcher who bombed goalwards before firing past Musson to put Rovers into a deserved lead.

After Fletcher opened scoring he was marked very tightly by the opposition who did not want him to make another threatening run into the box. On one occasion he managed to shrug off his man and square a ball across goal which just avoided Scattergood and Tavonga Kuleya.

Basford had three threatening free kicks towards the end of the half with their Lewis Rourke coming closest to converting from the back post.

Despite a few good chances from the home side Rovers deservedly had the lead at the break.

To deal with Fletcher’s presence down the left hand side, the hosts made a change at the break with Louis Nicholson being replaced by Lyndon Joyce.

Basford took grip of the first 20 minutes of the second-half which allowed them back into the game. Rory Harrison’s shot bounced off the cross bar and Bonner was on hand to tap it over the line making the game all square again. Before they got level Harrison came close to scoring directly from a free kick.

Rovers grew back into the game and had plenty of chances. Some of note inclluded Dan Wilds who headed wide from a corner and Jack Goodman's one-on-one which forced a right-footed save from Musson.

Centre back Michael Nesbitt had a couple of chances but was denied by two great saves from Musson.

As the game approached the 90th minute it looked like the game was heading to extra time. But Jack Goodman stepped up in the 94th minute to sensationally lift the ball over the advancing keeper from close range to win the tie for Rovers.


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