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Bristol Rovers 1-2 Crewe AET

17 December 2013

More Youth Cup joy for Saunders

Callum Saunders proved to be the hero once again as he hit a brace to send the Alex through to the Fourth Round of the FA Youth Cup. Saunders levelled the tie in the final 10 minutes of the game before scoring an extra-time winner to set up a meeting with Reading in the next round.

The Alex were unchanged from the side that beat Rochdale in the last round, but struggled to reach the heights of that display against an impressive Rovers outfit.

Winger George Cooper came close for the Alex in the first-half, but  keeper Robbie Johnson had made several impressive saves for the Alex in the first-half before Davis-Wilson broke the deadlock on 41 minutes.

Chad Douglas and Jamie Lucas both came close to doubling Rovers' lead after the break but the Alex began to come in to the game and substitute Andre Brown came close to grabbing an equaliser but struck the bar from inside a congested  Rovers box.

But Crewe kept pressing and as the game entered its closing stages they got their reward as Saunders continued his excellent scoring run in the Youth Cup. The Welsh forward was on hand to convert from close range and bag his fourth goal in three Youth Cup games this season.

That goal sent the tie in to extra-time, and nine minutes in to the additional 30, Saunders made his mark once again as he met a Cooper cross at the back post to put the Alex ahead. That made it five goals in Saunders' impressive Youth Cup campaign.

Rovers pressed for a leveller but it was to no avail as the Alex hung on to secure an impressive comeback win and book a Fourth Round tie away at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

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