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Cooper: Development Game A Good Exercise

24 November 2014

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A Town Development Team beat Forest Green Rovers in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Monday afternoon.

First Teamers Jack Barthram and Jake Reeves as well as Scholar Amir Gied and Josh Cook found the back of the net as Swindon ran out 5-1 winners.

Manager Mark Cooper told afterwards that it had been a worthwhile exercise.

"It was great for the boys who haven't had a lot of minutes," he said. "They had a strong team: Jon Parkin, Magno Vieira, Sam Wedgebury, David Pipe and Luke Oliver are all first team players so our boys did really well.

"We had a lot of young players in the team and it was a good performance, very professional. Jake Reeves, George Barker, Jack Barthram, Ty Belford and Darren Ward all played and the rest was made up of the younger lads.

"We were 1-0 down at half time and then young Tommy Smith came on and was outstanding. All the professionals that played were really good so it was good exercise as well as good minutes for them."

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