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REPORT | Scunthorpe 2 v 4 Academy

6 September 2021

Rotherham United Academy made it five wins from five in all competitions, as they ran out 4-2 winners away at Scunthorpe United last Saturday.

After a goalless first half, the Millers fell behind early in the second period, before fighting back with a flurry of goals to take the game away from their hosts, to leave Richard Hairyes’ side sitting pretty at the top of the Youth Alliance League.

It was the Iron who were handed the first real opportunity of the game at Appleby Frodingham.

Harrison Poulter was fouled on the left side, which resulted in Cameron Wilson striking the post from the set piece.

On 19 minutes, the Millers had a shout for a penalty, as a long goal kick evaded the Scunthorpe backline and found its way to Holvey, who appeared to be upended by Balme in the Iron goal.

The best chance of the half came just before the interval as Josh Robertson won back possession before playing the ball through to Jack Moore-Billam, whose left footed shot whizzed just past the post, as the two sides went in level.

HALF TIME | Scunthorpe United 0 v 0 Academy

The home side took the lead four minutes in the second half through Lewis, who drove into the area and rifled an effort into the far corner to break the deadlock.

Scunthorpe had their tails up after that and looked to extend their advantage through Tyrell Sellars-Fleming, who latched onto a lofted through pass from Ben Franklin before seeing his effort superbly blocked.

After withstanding the pressure, the Millers began to gain a foothold in the game and deservedly levelled through Nathan Exton, who found the net with a stunning 25 yard strike.

The Millers turned the game completely on it’s head just two minutes later, when McGuckin latched onto a low ball from the right to poke home from six yards.

The lead was short lived however, as Sellars-Fleming got his name on the scoresheet, after some good work in the area by Poulter.

Showing great spirit and composure, the young guns then struck twice in the final 10 minutes to secure the points, with McGuckin benefiting from a long pass from Alfie Burnett to score, before Holvey struck on 85 minutes to make it 4-2.

The result means that the Millers have won all four of their Youth Alliance League outings, as well as their Youth Alliance Cup fixture against Carlisle United.

The Academy are next in action this Saturday, when they face Grimsby Town at home.  

Rotherham United Lead Professional Development Phase Coach Rob Poulter was left delighted with the victory, with the side's response to going a goal behind particularly impressing the coach. 

"We won the first two games 4-0 and 2-0, so we had it all our own way to a certain extent. We always thought it would be interesting how we’d react if we went behind," he told www.themillers.co.uk. 

"We can work from things from a tactical point of view, but ultimately, that comes down to the players and I think the players have to take credit for that.

"If they are individually driven to deal with things that go against them, they are the ones who have to go and deliver on the pitch.

"There is a real positive atmosphere, which is very pleasing to see from a coaching point of view. No matter where they go in their careers, it is a trait they can take with them wherever they go.

"You’re not always going to come on the right side of course, you might huff and puff and end up losing the game 3-2.

"As long as the players give everything they have got, you can’t ask for any more. They are a good group and a joy to work with, so long may that continue."

 

FULL TIME | Scunthorpe United 2 v 4 Academy

 

SCUNTHORPE XI | Balme; Moore, Young, Lobley; Moore-Billam, Franklin, Lewis, Wilson, Robertson; Sellars-Fleming, Poulter.

ACADEMY XI | Burnett; Greenhouse, Bond (Watson 71’), Exton, Jenkinson; Booth, Champion (Clark 61’), Durose, Holvey; McGuckin (Day 88’), Douglas.

UNUSED | Ford


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