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Gainsborough Trinity 0 Barnsley 2

18 July 2013

Oates and Abbott strike

Gainsborough Trinity 0
Barnsley 2 (Oates 5, Abbott 82)

A fine goal in each half from Rhys Oates and Brad Abbott capped off a night of great football for the Reds at Gainsborough Trinity.

A side made up predominantly of youngsters played some slick, passing football and had a great workout against a gritty Gainsborough side.

With only five minutes on the watch, Rhys Oates showed tenacity and power to beat his man to the ball and skip into the box before unleashing an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net.

Oates, a first-year professional, was unlucky not to double his tally just moments later when a splendid curling effort sailed inches wide of the top corner.

After the break, the busy Clark rattled the foot of Emery's post and then sent the rebound over the bar.

Luke Steele had a very quiet night between the sticks whilst at the other end, only a brilliant goal-line clearance from Wild stopped Oates bagging a brace after he rounded the 'keeper on 56 minutes.

The match was wrapped up when two substitutes in the shape of Shillito and Abbott combined on 82 minutes to allow the latter a vicious strike at goal which thundered into the roof of the net from 12 yards.

Reds Under 21s Coach Paul Heckingbottom said, "It was a pleasing performance and we were rewarded with two very good goals. We passed the ball well at times and created opportunities - which is always pleasing. The most important thing is that players got invaluable minutes under their belts against decent opposition."

Reds: Steele, Smith (Lacey 75), Hassell (McKnight 65), Tunnicliffe, Jones (Salt 75), Patterson (Knight 65), Scott (Abbott 65), Clark (Boland 65), Sousa (Shillito 75), Oates (Joyce 75), Noble-Lazarus (Clarkson 46).

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