Rovers U18s were beaten by Huddersfield Town with goals either side of the half sentencing the youth team to defeat.
The visitors hit the woodwork in the opening half as well as having efforts saved in the closing period but goals either side of the break for Connor Falls proved to be the difference for the Terriers.
The result sees Rovers sit in sixth place, only behind two teams on goal difference and with games in hand on the remaining three teams above in the league table.
Rovers started the game strongly and in the first five minutes looked to be the side who would take an early lead with Faris Khan involved in a goal mouth scramble but the midfielder could not convert and the ball was cleared of any danger.
However, Rovers’ early pressure would not be enough to find the opener and the Terriers would be the side to break the deadlock less than ten minutes into the game.
A battle in midfield saw the hosts come away with the ball and enabled them to play a ball through the middle towards Falls who just managed to beat Jake Oram to the ball and lifted it over the keeper to give his side the lead.
Over the next ten minutes of play, Rovers looked to get back on level terms with a number of half-chances slipping through their grasp, most notably with Charlie Petch just failing to meet the ball from a cross with what looked to be a free header in the box, but their biggest chance of the half did not come until the half hour mark.
Rovers’ youngsters won a free kick just inside the opposition’s half and Tom Parkinson stepped up to swing it over towards the back post for Will Flint to take on and drill a shot across goal but the ball would agonisingly bounce off the wrong side of the post and be turned away to safety.
The remainder of the first half erupted into an end-to-end affair with further chances for both sides but neither would succeed in turning home as Rovers entered the break a goal behind.
Josh Lindley got play back underway and the opening exchanges of the second half mirrored that of the first with Rovers getting the first big chance.
Harry Wood made a quick turn on the edge of the box and fired at the far top left corner but the result would be the same as the previous attempts and the shot would go wide of the mark.
The attacking player would then be presented with another chance almost immediately after a great advancing pass from Jack Goodman allowed Wood to bear down on goal but he applied too much power to his shot and it sailed over the crossbar.
Rovers U18s manager for the fixture, Frank Sinclair turned to the bench to introduce reinforcements in search of a goal bringing on Max Adamson, Will Green and Justin Bennett for Faris Khan, Tom Parkinson and Harry Wood respectively, and the first of the substitutes almost made an instant impact.
Captain Jak Whiting advanced down the left wing and managed to deliver a cross to drop onto Adamson’s head and the striker made great contact to direct towards goal but the Terriers’ stopper’s diving save would be even greater as he managed to clear the ball.
Just two minutes later however, Rovers’ task would become twice the size as Falls found himself with the ball on the left and drilled across goal, past Oram to double the hosts’ lead.
The youth team then tried to make inroads as quick as possible but Oram would be the keeper to be worked the most after been forced into action on three separate occasions with one save been particularly impressive after blocking the ball with his face from point blank range.
Sinclair’s side continued to look for a response in the dying minutes but Adamson would see another effort well saved and Jack Raper would put an attempt wide as the game came to an end with defeat for the youth team.
Rovers will now look to find an instant response to defeat as they take on a quick turn around to be able to prepare for FA Youth Cup first round action against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Wednesday, October 26 (7pm kick-off).