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Bristol Rovers U18s 3-4 Swindon Town U18s

Town's youngsters continue strong showing in the Youth Alliance League this season

14 February 2024

Academy News

Bristol Rovers U18s 3-4 Swindon Town U18s

Town's youngsters continue strong showing in the Youth Alliance League this season

14 February 2024

Botan Ameen scored a second-half winner shortly after coming off the bench, to continue Swindon Town's U18s impressive run in the Youth Alliance League against Bristol Rovers U18s on Tuesday afternoon.

Town started the game brightly with Jaxon Brown opening the scoring in the first six minutes before Fletcher Hubbard doubled their lead midway through the first half.

After Bristol Rovers pulled a goal back before the end of the first half, Miles Obodo scored a third to restore their two-goal advantage.

Rovers again fought back to make it 3-3, but just minutes after coming off the bench, forward Botan Ameen scored the game's final goal and ensured Swindon came away with all three points.

Sean Wood made three changes to the side which defeated Oxford last time out, with Anthony McCormick, Logan Coles and Harry Chard coming in for Conor Britchford-Stanley, Sonny Hart and Finn Adams.

It was a positive start for Town's U18s and got the early lead that their start deserved, with midfielder Jaxon Brown opening the scoring just six minutes into the game.

Having scored twice last time out, winger Conor Britchford-Stanley slid the ball through to Liam Hutt whose whipped delivery into the box was perfect for Jaxon Brown to run on to and tap home to give his side the lead.

Swindon continued to dominate in the opening proceedings and eight minutes later, another chance came Town's way with Fletcher Hubbard threading a lovely ball through to Miles Obodo who forced Rovers keeper into a good save to keep it at 1-0.

Despite seeing this chance saved, 10 minutes later, Town made it 2-0 and it was Fletcher Hubbard who was able to score it with another slick move from Town resulting in a well-worked goal.

Britchford-Stanley again was heavily involved in the move, as he looked to slide Jaxon Brown in behind the Rovers back-line, which allowed Brown to cut the ball back for Fletcher Hubbard who was there to slot home and give Swindon a two-goal lead.

There was to be late pressure from Rovers in the late proceedings of the first half and despite an impressive piece of defending from the returning Anthony McCormick in the 38th minute, the home side got themselves a goal back just before the break to make the game an exciting prospect in the upcoming second half.

Half-time: Bristol Rovers U18s 1 Swindon Town U18s 2

Immediately into the second half, Swindon got a third and it was through Miles Obodo just a minute into the second 45 to restore their two-goal lead.

It was through great team build-up from the restart that resulted in the goal, with Britchford-Stanley able to cross the ball in from the right and find Miles Obodo who finished expertly and made it 3-1 to Swindon.

However, next came Town's biggest test in the game so far with two quick goals for Bristol Rovers in the 53rd and 57th minutes saw them bring the game back on level terms, as Sean Wood and his side looked for a response in the final 30 minutes.

Three changes were made just past the 70-minute mark and just a few minutes after these subs were brought on, Town were back ahead through Botan Ameen who had only been on the pitch for just a couple of minutes.

As the ball bounced around in the Bristol Rovers penalty area, the forward was first to the loose ball and having been in recent impressive goal-scoring form, was able to smash home to restore Town's lead that they would eventually go on to see out and secure the latest victory in the Youth Alliance League.

Following this victory, it leaves Town in a fine run of form as they look to their final two Youth Alliance League fixtures against Plymouth and Portsmouth, with an FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final trip to Bristol City still to come this season too.


Swindon Town U18s: Evans (C), Hutt, Chard, Coles, McCormick, Hunt, Britchford-Stanley, Brown, Obodo (Ameen 71), Gonzalez (Stewart 71), Hubbard (Keyes 71)
Subs not used:
Goals: Brown 6, Hubbard 24, Obodo 46, Ameen 73

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