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3 hours ago, Oldgregg86 said:

Thanks. I will be keeping an eye on him

Same. We both thought the same thing watching that. Only 17 until October according to rovers.co.uk

@Parsonblue what do you make of him in general, presumably having seen a lot more than that little clip?

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1 hour ago, bluebruce said:

Same. We both thought the same thing watching that. Only 17 until October according to rovers.co.uk

@Parsonblue what do you make of him in general, presumably having seen a lot more than that little clip?

He played well but where I really noticed him was in the warm up. Some excellent finishing and then went on to play really well.

never heard of him before tonight. Might be a fluke but worth keeping an eye and ear out 

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1 hour ago, Oldgregg86 said:

He played well but where I really noticed him was in the warm up. Some excellent finishing and then went on to play really well.

never heard of him before tonight. Might be a fluke but worth keeping an eye and ear out 

Ahh you saw the whole thing then. I was just going off the clip! We really do have an exciting crop. Hope the right ones get the right opportunities.

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Comfortable win for the Under-23's at Kendal last night.  Four first half goals in a seven minute spell - Vale, Chapman 2 and Nuttall - proved far too much for Kendal.  Credit to them they worked hard in the second half, as the Rovers seemed to ease off, but never threatened our goal.  Louie Annesley again looked impressive at the back whilst Tom White and Brad Lyons held the midfield with little difficulty.  Chapman troubled them with his pace in the first half but often tried to beat one man too many and faded out of the picture in the second half - clearly still working on his fitness.  Nuttall troubled them with his strength and power but his finishing was erratic at times.  An enjoyable night in a very warm Kendal.

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4 minutes ago, Parsonblue said:

Comfortable win for the Under-23's at Kendal last night.  Four first half goals in a seven minute spell - Vale, Chapman 2 and Nuttall - proved far too much for Kendal.  Credit to them they worked hard in the second half, as the Rovers seemed to ease off, but never threatened our goal.  Louie Annesley again looked impressive at the back whilst Tom White and Brad Lyons held the midfield with little difficulty.  Chapman troubled them with his pace in the first half but often tried to beat one man too many and faded out of the picture in the second half - clearly still working on his fitness.  Nuttall troubled them with his strength and power but his finishing was erratic at times.  An enjoyable night in a very warm Kendal.

Who was in charge of the team Parson?

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16 minutes ago, Parsonblue said:

Comfortable win for the Under-23's at Kendal last night.  Four first half goals in a seven minute spell - Vale, Chapman 2 and Nuttall - proved far too much for Kendal.  Credit to them they worked hard in the second half, as the Rovers seemed to ease off, but never threatened our goal.  Louie Annesley again looked impressive at the back whilst Tom White and Brad Lyons held the midfield with little difficulty.  Chapman troubled them with his pace in the first half but often tried to beat one man too many and faded out of the picture in the second half - clearly still working on his fitness.  Nuttall troubled them with his strength and power but his finishing was erratic at times.  An enjoyable night in a very warm Kendal.

How did White look? 

Big drop down in level that he's used to be playing at, so expect him to stand out.

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47 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

The job is being advertise. 

I was thinking someone like Jimmy Shan might apply for the job

Who is he? I thought I remembered the LT saying applications for the job had now closed?

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Decent run out for the Under-23's at a very wet Brockhall today.  Southport had six former Ewood men in their line-up and gave a good account of themselves with Charlie Albinson outstanding in goal.

Nuttall came up with two, the first a superb free kick over the wall which beat Albinson all ends up.  However, Nuttall's general play was not quite so impressive.  Chapman, again, flattered to deceive and despite his pace there was no end product until the final stages when he created the goal for Nuttall.  Danny Butterworth, recovering from illness, was lively.  The back three of Louie Annesley, Tyler and Matty Platt, were rarely troubled and looked comfortable.  Brad Lyons was the pick of the players for me with a very good display in midfield.

It will be interesting to see who Mowbray keeps and who goes out on loan.  My guess is that Platt, Tyler, Lyons and Nuttall will be given the opportunity to taste first team football elsewhere for the first half of the season before re-evaluating in January.

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Well I went to my first ever u23 game today, enjoyed it immensely. We had planned to go to Haig Ave as it’s quite local to us so decided to go anyway when it was changed.

Agree with a lot of Parsons post above, especially about Chapman.He was sharp, pacey + threatening , but too often ends up losing the ball. Unlucky when he hit the bar though.

The stand out for me however was Tom White. On today’s evidence, we’ve got a player here. Strong in the tackle, always available, comfortable on the ball + has certainly got a pass in him. Would like to see him against better opposition but very impressed today.

Charlie Albison was excellent in goal for Port , without him, could have been 5 or 6.

Thoroughly enjoyable experience though + can’t wait to see how these lads progress.

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2 hours ago, Parsonblue said:

Decent run out for the Under-23's at a very wet Brockhall today.  Southport had six former Ewood men in their line-up and gave a good account of themselves with Charlie Albinson outstanding in goal.

Nuttall came up with two, the first a superb free kick over the wall which beat Albinson all ends up.  However, Nuttall's general play was not quite so impressive.  Chapman, again, flattered to deceive and despite his pace there was no end product until the final stages when he created the goal for Nuttall.  Danny Butterworth, recovering from illness, was lively.  The back three of Louie Annesley, Tyler and Matty Platt, were rarely troubled and looked comfortable.  Brad Lyons was the pick of the players for me with a very good display in midfield.

It will be interesting to see who Mowbray keeps and who goes out on loan.  My guess is that Platt, Tyler, Lyons and Nuttall will be given the opportunity to taste first team football elsewhere for the first half of the season before re-evaluating in January.

Southport seem to do very well off our arrangement with them (we still play our u-23 games there right?). They get to keep tabs easily on our lads and probably get first dibs on the lesser ones we let go, with them being comfortable with the surroundings etc.

Interesting to hear about a 'lack of end product' from Chapman...I don't expect him to be delivering goals and assists all game. An assist and hit the bar in this one and 2 goals in the previous wasn't it? Sounds like enough end product for me. However I'm sure he won't get as many breaks at Championship level so if he isn't consistent with the end product it could be an issue in the first team. Sounds like Arma really. Electric and unplayable at his best, but little more than a nuisance (and an outlet to stretch play) when he isn't. I think our fans are harsh on Arma personally.

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Just now, bluebruce said:

Southport seem to do very well off our arrangement with them (we still play our u-23 games there right?). They get to keep tabs easily on our lads and probably get first dibs on the lesser ones we let go, with them being comfortable with the surroundings etc.

Interesting to hear about a 'lack of end product' from Chapman...I don't expect him to be delivering goals and assists all game. An assist and hit the bar in this one and 2 goals in the previous wasn't it? Sounds like enough end product for me. However I'm sure he won't get as many breaks at Championship level so if he isn't consistent with the end product it could be an issue in the first team. Sounds like Arma really. Electric and unplayable at his best, but little more than a nuisance (and an outlet to stretch play) when he isn't. I think our fans are harsh on Arma personally.

The u23s play at Leyland  (Lancashire FA) and before that it was Leigh Sports Village ?

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Just now, bluebruce said:

Southport seem to do very well off our arrangement with them (we still play our u-23 games there right?). They get to keep tabs easily on our lads and probably get first dibs on the lesser ones we let go, with them being comfortable with the surroundings etc.

Interesting to hear about a 'lack of end product' from Chapman...I don't expect him to be delivering goals and assists all game. An assist and hit the bar in this one and 2 goals in the previous wasn't it? Sounds like enough end product for me. However I'm sure he won't get as many breaks at Championship level so if he isn't consistent with the end product it could be an issue in the first team. Sounds like Arma really. Electric and unplayable at his best, but little more than a nuisance (and an outlet to stretch play) when he isn't. I think our fans are harsh on Arma personally.

Everton play at Southport.  Rovers moved from Morecambe to Leigh a number of years ago and for the past couple of seasons have been at the Lancashire FA headquarters at Leyland.  It just seems that over the years a number of our players who drop down the leagues seem to end up at Southport at some point on their travels. 

With regard to Chapman and Armstrong I would say that Armstrong is a far better player at this point in time and Chapman will have his work cut out to get a starting place based on what we have seen in pre-season. 

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