Forest Green Rovers Academy Manager Scott Bartlett believes the Under 18 side have got better and better as the season has gone on after a dominant 4-0 victory against Cambridge United last Friday.
Continuing their impressive run since the start of the year, the side showed they can find the goals their performance deserved through second-half strikes from Sam Hendy, Dan Jones and Vaughn Covil.
Bartlett said his side were dominant from start to finish and admitted he didn’t need to tell his boys much after a goalless first-half.
“I thought today’s performance really typified how we have been playing,” he said.
“I told them ‘be patient and move the ball a little bit quicker and a little bit shorter in midfield’.
“When we are that dominant and create that many good chances, sometimes half time can be a disruption but we started the second half with good focus and managed the game effectively.
“Barks (Chris Barker) tweaked a bit tactically but told them that it obvious they are enjoying their football, so go and enjoy the second half, that was the main message.”
Forest Green currently find themselves in second place in Merit League Two and Bartlett claims it’s his young side’s growing maturity throughout the season that has allowed them to fight for top spot with just one game left to go.
“Barks and I have had a young group to work with so as the seasons gone on, as expected, we’ve got better and better,” he added.
“As a rule, we don’t focus on league tables but it has been nice to have an added incentive going into the last few games of the season.”
There were a number of Under 16s given the chance to impress in the age above once again, and Bartlett is happy with their progress.
“We broke their spirit with the way we played and it was nice to finish the game off with good energy levels provided by the young subs, who all did well again.”