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REPORT | Rovers U18s 0 Burton U18s 2

18 April 2023


REPORT | Rovers U18s 0 Burton U18s 2

18 April 2023

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Rovers U18s fell to a first home defeat of the EFL Youth Alliance League season as they were beaten by Burton Albion at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance.

Drew Robinson and Jack Newell both got on the scoresheet for the Brewers as the youth team were also condemned to a first loss of the merit league.

The result sees Frank Sinclair’s side remain in third place on the league table with away trips to Bradford City and Harrogate Town remaining.

The visitors got play underway in South Yorkshire and, despite the high intensity, end-to-end nature of the opening period of play, it took until half way through the first half for the first real chance to come along.

On the 25th minute, Burton pounced on a misplaced pass to counter efficiently and drill a shot at the bottom left corner but goalkeeper Jake Oram was down well to expertly save and hold.

The next ten minutes saw the away side mount the pressure on the Rovers backline with sustained attacks and, as one effort was fired wide on the half-hour mark, Robinson found the breakthrough moments later.

The attacker stepped up to a free kick on the right hand side of the box to smash the dead ball situation across the face of goal, into the back of the net.

In Rovers’ first attack after the restart, they almost found an instant response as a free kick of their own found the head of skipper Will Flint, only for the ball to be comfortably collected by the ‘keeper.

In the last minute before the break, Alex Fletcher released Sam Brown into the box and the midfielder tried his luck with a shot at the near post but it was put behind for a corner.

The resulting set-piece gave Rovers the last chance of the half as Jacob Bacon attacked the cross and headed on but saw his effort fly just wide.

At the beginning of the second-half, Sinclair made the first of his changes with Tom Parkinson and Max Adamson replacing a trialist and Harry Wood as the hosts looked to get back level.

Burton saw a shot deflected across the face of goal before another Rovers trialist worked brilliantly on the left, cut inside and took the shot on, but that also took a deflection and fell into the goalkeeper’s hands.

Another drilled effort at the bottom left corner was superbly kept out by Oram closing in on the hour mark before Faris Khan made way for Kasper Williams with 25 minutes left to play.

On the 71st minute, Jamie Tomlinson came on for a trialist and the hosts looked to get the next goal but, on the 73rd, it went the way of the visitors.

The ball was put into the goalmouth and Newell was in a fortunate position, ready and waiting to place home and give the Brewers breathing room for the first time in the game.

Adamson then had two chances in quick succession but neither troubled the goal as one was headed wide and the other was put over.

With five minutes to play, Burton thought they had a third with the ball in the back of the net again, but the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.

In the final minute of the game Will Green’s cross, turned shot, cleared the crossbar and saw the final chance of the game go begging as Albion became the first team to take three points from Cantley Park in 18 months.

Rovers U18s will now look to take on a week break in the fixture list as they prepare for their penultimate match of the 2022/23 season at Bradford City on Friday April 28.

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