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REPORT | Rovers U18s 3 Burton U18s 0

21 February 2023

Academy

REPORT | Rovers U18s 3 Burton U18s 0

21 February 2023

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Rovers U18s put three goals past Burton Albion at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre to maintain their unbeaten start to league action in 2023.

Jack Goodman scored a goal either side of a Harry Wood success to see his side dominate proceedings and keep a clean sheet in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

The result sees Rovers keep up their impressive record on home soil and also claim back-to-back wins for the first time this calendar year.

Burton got proceedings underway at Cantley Park and both teams immediately battled for possession, but once the hosts got hold of the ball, it didn’t take them long to put it into the back of the net.

U16 Sam Brown picked the ball up in midfield, sprayed it out to the left for Wood to pick up and drive forward before crossing into the goalmouth for Goodman to beat his man and put it between the goalkeeper’s legs to give his side the lead after nine minutes.

With the goal advantage on their side, Rovers attacking line had plenty of the ball and put together some lovely passing moves, but the next big chance didn’t come until the half-hour mark.

Alex Fletcher made a great run down the right-hand side and played in Will Green to take a shot on inside the box, only to see the effort sting the palms of the Brewers’ ‘keeper and stay out of the goal.

Just two minutes later, at the other end, Jacob Bryant was called into action when he had to get in the way of a shot, but he held onto the ball before Fletcher got up the pitch himself and had his own effort held between the sticks.

Fletcher then had another chance from the edge of the box and saw his shot go just wide of the mark as Rovers went into the break one goal ahead.

Faris Khan then got play underway in the second half and it almost took the exact same amount of time from the first whistle for the home side to score again.

In the 54th minute, Rovers moved the ball around with style, over 20 times in fact, before Fletcher broke into the box and drilled it across goal to see Wood smash home from a matter of yards out and give his side daylight between themselves and their opponents.

Frank Sinclair then made his first changes of the afternoon, replacing Khan and Green with Josh Lindley and Owen Scattergood as the hosts pushed for a third goal.

On the hour mark though, Burton came close to scoring as an attacker tried to pick out the far bottom corner from the left, but the ball trickled across the face of goal and the danger was cleared.

Less than 60 seconds later, Goodman fooled his defender with neat footwork and put his fired effort just wide of the far post, but his brace would be secured just a few minutes later.

On the 65th minute, an Albion defender tried to play the ball back to the ‘keeper, but the pass was too weak and it left Goodman to take it round the number one and pass it home to give his side a third goal and himself 19 for the season.

Now three goals to the good and with the result looking comfortable, Tom Parkinson and Kasper Williams replaced Goodman and Brown as more minutes were awarded to the U16 defender.

Rovers then controlled the tempo of the remaining time but, with almost the last action of the game, the visitors had a chance from range but a superb diving save from Bryant plucked the ball from the top corner and turned it behind for a corner.

The hosts then saw out the final knockings in South Yorkshire and took a thoroughly deserved victory for a second consecutive matchday.

Frank Sinclair’s side will now look to make it three wins from three games when they face Bradford City in a crunch EFL Youth Alliance League meeting at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre on Saturday, February 25.


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