Jack Boyle & Daniel Carr complete fight-back
A second-half fight-back from Frankie Bunn’s Development Squad saw them take a point from Tuesday afternoon’s Final Third Development League game at Doncaster Rovers.
A young side, featuring no overage players, fell two goals behind in the opening 45 minutes – although the first goal was slightly unfortunate.
A pass put Rovers player Harry Middleton through on goal just after the half hour mark, but goalkeeper Ed Wilczynski made a great one-on-one save – only for the rebound to cannon off the opponent and into the vacant net.
Town had an ideal chance to restore parity barely two minutes later when Ben Atkinson was brought down in the box barely two minutes later, but Duane Holmes – who scored from the spot in the Under-21’s last game against Everton – saw his effort saved by Slovakian Under-21 international Marko Marosi.
Philip Billing soon headed over from a corner, but instead Rovers scored again to double their lead going into the interval when Middleton found the bottom corner from a counter-attack.
Bunn’s men came out of the blocks well for the second-half, with Sondre Tronstad forcing a save from the goalkeeper. That pressure was rewarded just after the hour mark when in-form Under-18 midfielder Jack Boyle, who had only been on the field five minutes, broke the hosts’ offside trap and finished into the bottom corner.
Town continued to press for an equaliser and went close on several occasions before a dramatic last minute equaliser for fellow substitute Daniel Carr, whose deflected shot found the bottom corner of the net.
Town’s U21 team:
Ed Wilczynski, Jacob Hanson, William Boyle (c), Duane Holmes, Joe Wilkinson, Joe Wright, Sondre Tronstad (Regan Booty, 69), Philip Billing, Ben Atkinson (Jack Boyle, 57), Rekeil Pyke (Daniel Carr, 71), Flo Bojaj
Lloyd Allinson, Ben Holmes