Rovers U18s returned to winning ways as they took victory over Grimsby Town in their first game at Cantley Park in over a month.
A first-half goal from Owen Scattergood set the hosts on their way to three points before Will Green and Max Adamson put the outcome beyond doubt with successes of their own.
The result sees Rovers end a five-game winless run with their first home game since before that spell of games and close the gap to the top of table to just three points.
The home side started the game in their usual fashion with Josh Lindley getting play underway and the strike force looking to take an early lead but the cagey nature of the game meant chances in the early exchanges were a rarity.
Rovers best chance of the first 20 minutes came through Jack Raper as he received a ball in from the right and attempted to bend an effort in from range but the ball had too much power and it just cleared the crossbar.
However, the midfielder wouldn’t have to wait too much longer to see his side execute a chance and take the lead.
Approaching the half way mark of the first period Rovers looked to work the visitors’ defence down the left hand side through Green who managed to turn his man inside out and get a inch-perfect cross off into the centre of the box for Scattergood to attack and smash a volley into the back of the net to break the deadlock.
The hosts then nearly doubled their lead a matter of minutes later when Green stepped up to take aim from a freekick on the edge of the box, and his shot looked destined for goal, but a great save from the ‘keeper did enough to tip the ball onto the crossbar and away.
The remainder of the half however would lack chances with Rovers controlling possession as they entered the break a goal to the good.
The Mariners got play back underway for the second-half but it was Rovers who carried on their attacking potency and could’ve had a spot-kick just minutes in but the referee was unmoved by the shouts of handball.
Grimsby looked to utilise the counter attack and almost found success, but an expertly timed sliding challenge by Charlie Petch blocked a shot and the danger posed by the attack was removed.
From that moment on, Rovers looked determined to double their lead and almost got it immediately after the hour mark through Jack Goodman as he picked up an advancing ball from Scattergood and cut back onto his left foot to shoot but the opposition stopper was off his line quickly to get in the way of his effort.
Frank Sinclair then made his first change of the game with his team still pushing as Freddie Allen was introduced in place of Tom Parkinson.
The change of personnel wouldn’t change the nature of play though with chances still flowing for Rovers as Raper fired another effort over before his side doubled their lead five minutes later.
Scattergood picked the ball up once again on the halfway line and drove forward with it as he had done all game before precisely knocking onto Green who was allowed to cut inside and, despite the keeper getting a glove on it, slot into the bottom right corner to give Rovers breathing room in the fixture.
Oram was once again tested just after at the near post but he stood tall to keep his clean sheet intact as Sinclair made the remainder of his changes with Justin Bennett, Chris Pooley and Max Adamson replacing Josh Lindley, Alex Fletcher and Jack Goodman respectively.
With Rovers then inside the final 10 minutes of the game, they controlled possession and looked to be seeing out a successful day at the office but there was time for a third goal deep into stoppage time.
Great movement down the right-wing enabled Bennett to pick the ball up on the edge of the box and play a ball into Adamson to place home from close range to seal a professional performance by the youth team.
Rovers U18s will now look to carry forward the momentum they have created off the back of victory as they prepare for their third trip of the season to Lincoln City on Saturday, November 12.