U18s complete the double over Burnley in ‘mini-Lancashire Derby’


Goals from Ben Fyles and Harrison Wood gave Rovers U18s their fourth consecutive victory as they beat local rivals Burnley at Brockhall.

Mike Sheron’s young Rovers ran out as 2-1 victors, the same scoreline that they beat the Clarets by earlier this season.

However, the circumstances heading into this game were similar to last time as when the teams met back in October, Rovers were without a win and come from behind.

This time around, Rovers were the in-form team having won their last three U18 Premier League matches, including a win in injury time against Liverpool in midweek.

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It was a talented Rovers side selected by Sheron, with forwards Alex Baker and Zak Gilsenan among the goals in recent week, whilst Jared Harlock featured after his cameo for the U23 side on Friday.

Michael Mellon fired over for the visitors early on, and Rovers made them pay as Ben Fyles was on hand to give Rovers the lead on eleven minutes.

And nine minutes later, Harrison Wood was there to double Rovers’ lead, with Sheron’s side leading comfortably into the break.

Despite Jacob Hamilton halving the deficit ten minutes from time by curling in a corner, Rovers hung on for three points, completing the double over their local rivals.

Mike Sheron’s men will look for a fifth consecutive victory next week as they take on Middlesbrough U18s at the North East club’s training ground.

Rovers U18s: Dowling, Haddow, Famiwuya, Batty (Dury 12′), Cirino, Weston, Harlock, Fyles (Ferguson 75′), Wood (Wharton 66′), Baker, Gilsenan

Subs Not Used: Blease, Cunningham

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