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Cheltenham U-18s 3-0 Forest Green Rovers

15 October 2022


Cheltenham U-18s 3-0 Forest Green Rovers

15 October 2022

The young Robins secured a convincing 3-0 win over Gloucestershire rivals Forest Green Rovers in the EFL Youth Alliance Southwest.

First half goals from Cam Walters, Eddie Lewis and Fin Jenner were enough to put the Robins in full command of the match, and a second half penalty save from Archie Burford helped keep the clean sheet.

The Robins were quick out of the blocks, with Alfie Taylor and Fin Jenner both drawing saves from Dylan John within the first couple of minutes.

From the resulting corner following Jenner’s effort, the Robins got the early breakthrough. Brandon Liggett’s in-swinging corner was met at the back post by Cam Walters, who was able to redirect the ball into the top corner.

Archie Burford was called into action for the first time after he had to spread himself well to deny a one-versus-one scoring chance.

The Robins would soon find their second goal as another Liggett corner was headed home, this time by Eddie Lewis at the front post.

Then in first half stoppage time, Tom King was dragged down by a trailing leg inside the penalty area, and Jenner was able to step up and calmly stroke the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner.

The visitors then struck the post on the stroke of half time following a deflected effort from Luca Alonzi.

Rovers made a fast start to the second half, winning a penalty inside the first 60 seconds. Alonzi stepped up to take and shot low to Burford’s right, but the Robins’ ‘keeper guessed correctly and scooped the ball over his crossbar.

Second half substitute Ibby Olateju almost added a fourth for the Robins in the final 10 minutes but dragged his shot wide of the lefthand post.

When cramp set in for Harry Tustin, under-15s squad player Charlie Caple played the final few minutes of the match, as the Robins were able to see out the win and secure a clean sheet.

Robins: Burford, Shumba (Tustin 62’, Caple 87’), Wilkie, Taylor, Walters, Lewis (Simpson 46’), Liggett, Wilcox, Jenner, King (Olateju 56’), Johnson

Unused: Franks

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