Henry Port
Monday 01 April 2019

Forest Green Rovers Academy manager Scott Bartlett said the Under 18s put in a very professional performance in the second half to see out a 2-0 victory against Bristol Rovers at the Royal Agricultural University.

Rovers started off on the front foot straight away and raced into a two-goal lead through goals from forward Jay Malshanskyj and an own goal inside 20 minutes.

It was a lead that FGR were able to protect in the second period and Bartlett said it showed how much the team had matured since the last time they played Rovers earlier on in the season.

“I thought it was a good game and I am thoroughly enjoying watching them at the moment” he said.

“We killed the game off in the first-half and we could’ve had four or five.

“It was a good performance on what was a dry and hard surface but we dictated the tempo throughout which was pleasing.

“The boys have just been good all year and have been maturing as well, with a lot of coaching hours invested in them.

"We have three league games left against Gillingham, Cambridge and Leyton Orient and also some Central League games where they get exposed to the first team environment which aids their development further. I am delighted the season hasn't petered out and they still have something to play for."

A number of the Under 18s are also still out on work experience loans and Bartlett was able to give an update on how they are performing, particularly when they return to play for the Under 18s.

“The boys on loan have done brilliantly so far this year,” he added.

“You can see with the likes of Sam (Hendy) and Jay (Malshanskyj) they look too good for this level now at times and have obviously benefitted from the programme which for them has included  loan spell and central league games.

“We brought them back to get a better viewpoint and see where they are and the boys who are on loan are thoroughly enjoying it which is a credit to them and the clubs.

“Elias (Yousseff) scored for Wooton Bassett at the weekend as well and Lewis Spurrier has a slight injury at the moment but he’s been doing well at Longlevens."