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Youth Team 4 v 1 Burton Albion, report

12 February 2014

Yates and Norfolk bag a brace...

Rotherham United made it two wins on the bounce in the Youth Alliance with success over Burton Albion. 

With most games called off due to the adverse weather conditions, the Millers and the Brewers played out a 4-1 home victory on the 3G surface at the Graham Solley Sports Centre, with two goals each for first years Jerry Yates and Andy Norfolk.

“We played very well,” Academy Manager Garreth Barker told Millers Matchday. “We rested a number of players knowing that they would be playing in a training ground game against the first-team on Monday. Half-jokingly I told the centre-forwards that I wanted two goals each from them and that’s what happened so we’ll be doing that more often. The conditions weren’t great with the wind but we got the game on and I’d like to thank Burton for agreeing to play us on the 3G because they don’t have to do that.”

Norfolk, who was on target for the first time since the 4-3 victory over Hartlepool United back in August rounded off a fine move for the home side who had a disappointing run-out in the Final Third Development League last week.

One of the goals came from a bit of interplay which involved Jerry, Andy and Mason Warren who was playing left-hand side. He put the ball in, it was set, and there was a spin around the corner all done first time and finished off by Andy for what was probably one of the best youth team goals we’ve seen all season. 

Their response was first class after a disappointing performance in the reserves where we don’t think the players’ application was quite right but we can’t fault the response and attitude in this game.

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