First-year scholar Will Green was delighted with his impact from the bench after scoring twice in a 3-0 win at Accrington.
The midfielder’s second-half brace added to Jack Goodman’s converted spot kick to see Rovers U18s take the three points in their final EFL Youth Alliance League Cup of the 2022/23 season.
Green's brace takes him to seven goals in his first full season with the scholars.
He said: “I think we’ve played well and shown a great response since coming back from the Christmas break.
“When you come back from a break like we’ve had, you never really know how it could go but you know whatever happens is probably going to have an effect on the next few games after that so we needed to get the win.
“We knew our fate in this competition wasn’t in our hands so we just wanted to put in a good performance and now we’ve got to take that into the league and push on.
“The result is good for us because you never want to lose games, even if you are already out of the competition.
“A loss could’ve had an effect on our next games in the league, so it was important to not let that happen so that we can go into the Harrogate game in the best possible place to make up for what happened at their place earlier on in the season.”
The goals were Green's first since October and the second-half substitute was glad to bring his scoring drought to an end in the cup match.
He added: “The last few games that I’ve come on in, I’ve not made the best impact for whatever reason so I knew I had to come on and do the business against Accrington.
“Thankfully I’ve done that and got my two goals so I’m happy with my performance.”