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REPORT | Rovers U18s 1 Huddersfield U18s 1

19 September 2023


REPORT | Rovers U18s 1 Huddersfield U18s 1

19 September 2023

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Rovers U18s picked up their first point of the EFL Youth Alliance League season at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre as the spoils were shared with Huddersfield Town.

Harry Wood opened the scoring after just two minutes for Frank Sinclair’s side before the visitors equalised shortly after with their first attack.

The result sees the youth team get off the mark in the points column and currently sit nine points off top spot with two games in hand on Hartlepool United.

On an indifferent morning in comparison to the weather on the days previous to the game, Rovers wasted no time in getting on the front foot in their first home game of the league campaign.

The youngsters did well to work the ball out to Chris Pooley at right back and he played a great defence-splitting cross to find Wood who closed in on goal and calmy stroked the ball beyond the keeper to give his side an early lead.

Any idea of a comfortable morning at Cantley Park soon disappeared though in the very next minute, when the hosts failed to clear their lines and an opposing attacker picked out the bottom-right corner from the edge of the box.

Back on level terms, Huddersfield then almost took the lead minutes later when the ball broke in the middle of the box and they fired a shot at goal, but Jacob Bacon threw himself in the way and cleared the danger.

Just after the quarter of an hour mark the hosts did find a chance of their own with Freddie Allen making a great run forward and putting the ball on the six yard line for Harry Wood but a Terriers man expertly cut the ball away.

Both sides then attempted to feel the other out over the remainder of the half but with no real chance at either end, it was level at the interval.

Within five minutes of the restart, the visitors got down the right wing and put a great cross into the middle where it looked like an attacker had a golden opportunity with a free header, but he could only manage to steer the ball wide.

On the hour mark Chris Pooley made way for Finn Shone and Rovers looked to shift the tide to get back in front.

The home side had a couple of half-chances at goal but with nothing coming, Sinclair made further changes to bring Jamie Tomlinson, Deshaun Musgrave-Dore and Rhomani Murray on in place of Jaiden Campbell-Ryce, Wood and Kenneth Imariagbe respectively.

Into the last 15 minutes of the game, a good spell of Rovers possession resulted in Freddie Allen playing a wonderful, searching ball over to the back post where both Tomlinson and Bacon were queuing up to meet, but neither could hook the ball back into the centre and it went long.

Kenzie Dillon was then replaced by Ethan Hodgett late on and Will Green had a chance presented to him to snatch a late winner but his shot drifted just wide to see the points shared in South Yorkshire.

Rovers U18s will now look to kick on in the EFL Youth Alliance League as Sinclair’s side travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday, September 23.

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