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Bartlett: 'It's not all about results'


Tuesday 10 October 2017
FGR Media


Scott staying positive despite results

Forest Green Rovers U18’s suffered a heavy defeat at the weekend at the hands of Exeter City, as the game finished 6-0 in favour of the opposition.

Two goals from James Dodd, plus a Joel Randall strike just before half-time put the Grecians 3-0 up after the opening 45 minutes.

In the second half a brace from Brandon Parsons and a tidy finish from Lucas White completed the win for the Devonshire club.

But having seen FGR’s U18 side succumb to the loss, Scott Bartlett is still content with where the side is as they adjust to life in the Football League.

“We are exactly where I thought we would be at the moment, I think we could compete and possibly beat your Cheltenham’s, Newport’s and Yeovil’s but I don’t think we are close enough to your Exeter’s, Bournemouth’s and Portsmouth’s.” said Scott

“We started really bright and they scored a deflected goal, which was a shame.

“They were really powerful and went 3-0 up quite quickly.

“At the start of the second half we made our changes that were pre-planned to give the boys the required amount of minutes and then we lost Kray Foster through injury, dislocated shoulder, so were down to 10 men for a period of the game against the strongest outfit we have come up against.”

Life in the next tier of competition has been a roller coaster ride so far for Scott and his academy team.

Not only has he had to compete against tougher opposition on the pitch, but with the extra demands put upon his youth setup coming from the club’s promotion to League Two, additional work loads have meant it’s all hands-on deck.

Despite everything stacking up, Scott is staying positive about the challenge ahead of him this season as he looks to develop more players for the club.

“I’m not too worried about the result. This year is about getting the structure right behind the scenes. 

“There are always positives. We think we have got some players who can go on and possibly do what Jordan (Stevens) has done but it’s early days for us.”

He’s of course right to be positive. In Jordan Stevens the club has a potential gem on their hands who is attracting attention from football’s elite at the top of the English football pyramid and the club’s Head of Academy is full of praise for how the club is handling the development of the young midfielder.

“It reflects well for us as a club, it’s not easy to have a 17-year-old playing and regularly being involved in League Two.

“Our job to a certain degree is done with him but we can survive without him and we’ll get cracking to try and find another one like him.

"It reflects well for us as a club, it’s not easy to have a 17-year-old playing and regularly being involved in League Two.

Our job to a certain degree is done with him but we can survive without him and we’ll get cracking to try and find another one like him."

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