Following defeat to Wigan Athletic in the second round of the Youth Alliance Cup last weekend on penalties, this Saturday, it was back to league games and travelled to Doncaster Rovers.
The hosts nearly scored from the kick-off, a long ball was kicked towards the left corner but luckily Rhys Jenkinson fought back to clear the ball away. Doncaster looked sharp in the opening minutes however, our defence managed to cope with the instant pressure. One early clearance was met by the energetic Dylan Mottley-Henry, whose pace and continuous chasing of the ball helped push Doncaster back.
The game became very competitive with lots of effort and endeavour but with very little football being played. Callum Chippendale showed great determination to keep James King’s long ball on the pitch in the eighth minute; however, Jenkinson’s delivery was too deep for any of our players in the box.
Our first chance on goal was sparked from Mottley-Henry’s lightening pace, he beat his man and provided a cross however, the Doncaster defender was first to the ball.
It was an end-to-end half, both sides were quick to regain possession and create chances.
Our defence was slack at times but thankfully goalkeeper Elliot Barker made some excellent saves to keep the score 0-0 at half time.
We made a positive start to the second half and Callum Chippendale’s volley saw us go 1-0 up in the 54th minute. James King’s long ball caught Chippendale, whose shot bounced over the goalkeeper and into the net. Unfortunately, our lead only lasted seconds with Doncaster equalising from the kick-off.
Despite Danny Devine scoring from Jenkinson’s free-kick in the 86th minute, play was brought back and we were awarded a penalty. Chippendale stepped us and scored his second of the game to secure all three points.
We have a free weekend next week so our next game is away against Hartlepool United on the 25th October.