Forest Green Rovers Under 18’s fell to a 5-3 defeat in a well contested game against Yeovil Town in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.
Yeovil stormed into the lead in the second minute, later adding another two before half time while Dan Ogunleye’s header gave Rovers hope.
The Glovers added two more in the second half to make it 5-1, with FGR almost making an inspired comeback as Dan Jones tapped one home and an Alessandro Pierpoint corner went straight in late on.
Before kick-off, both teams lined up around the circle of the halfway line in a touching minute’s silence in memory of the late Chris Barker.
It was an entertaining game in high, blustery conditions as Yeovil were awarded a free kick in the second minute, the ball in being headed past Luc Rees to open the scoring.
Responding well and settling into the game, FGR were unable to capitalise on chances moving forward as they fended off the high-pressure tactics from the visitors.
A hectic final three minutes of the first half saw The Glovers extend their lead, slotting one in the net behind Rees before Ogunleye latched onto the end of Archie Thayer’s cross from the right a minute later to halve the deficit.
But the visitors responded with a similar goal of their own just before the half time whistle to end the first period 3-1.
The second half started with both sides pressing forward, but goals in the 63rd and 66th minute saw FGR’s fall four goals behind.
A comeback could have been on the cards two minutes later as Pierpoint’s low cross to substitute Dan Jones was tapped in.
Fifteen minutes before the final whistle, Under 16 player Pierpoint got himself a goal, the left-footer’s corner from the right beating the keeper, and the linesman flagged for the final goal of the game.
Next time out: Bristol Rovers, Tuesday, January 14, 1pm at Stanley Park.