Joe Nolan made it two goals in as many games with a strike in a comfortable 5-1 victory for a young Rovers side over Huddersfield Town.
The 18-year-old midfielder – who was released by Preston North End in the summer – scored in the U23s’ victory over Derby County on Monday evening, and was on the scoresheet again as a young Rovers side overcame the Terriers.
It was a mixed side for Rovers, with players from the U23s and U18s involved, as well as a couple of trialists.
They were up against a strong Huddersfield side that featured a number of players to play for the first team this season, including winger Adama Diakhaby.
The visitors had more of the ball in the first half, and made their dominance pay five minutes from the break.
However, Rovers came out firing and were level within two minutes, before taking the lead just a further five minutes later from the spot – and it was three for Rovers before the hour mark as Rovers switched on the style.
Five minutes later and it was four as an effort was deflected past Giosue Bellagambi in the Huddersfield goal.
The visitors then saw insult added to injury as Ben Jackson was dismissed for a second yellow, and Rovers made the most of the man advantage by scoring a fifth from close range.
It was a comfortable victory for the young side in the end, although they were tested in the first half by a strong Huddersfield side.
The U23s and U18s will now go on their Christmas break, with Mike Sheron’s side out of league action until 9 January (a trip to Leeds), whilst Billy Barr’s side are without a PL2 fixture until 25 January (a trip to Manchester City).
Rovers XI: Joe Hilton, Daniel Pike, James Connolly, Jake Garrett, Lenni Cirino, Liam Coyle, Ben Pleavin, Jared Harlock, Joe Nolan, Sam Burns, Zak Gilsenan
Goals: Sam Burns (x2), Adam Wharton, Ben Fyles, Joe Nolan
Keep an eye out for our exclusive podcast with the Head Of Rovers’ Academy, Stuart Jones. It’ll be out on 4th January and we can’t wait for you to hear it!
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