Report: Swindon Town 0-0 AFC Bournemouth
In blustery playing conditions, the young Cherries started first half in a positive fashion, but for all their good play were unable to break down a resolute Swindon rearguard.
After the interval both Swindon and Bournemouth had opportunities to win the game But in the end neither side were able to break the deadlock, as Carl Fletcher and Joe Roach’s youngsters registered their second consecutive clean sheet.
Youth team manager Fletcher told afcb.co.uk: “The clean sheet is an obvious positive to take away from the game. We’re working well as a group of players, but equally we know there is a lot more to come from the lads.
“Our team is young and the lads are learning their trade, but we have to show a bit more consistency. Our performance was very good for 45 minutes, but we know there’s aspects of our game we can certainly work on.
“We’re constantly looking for our players to mature, not only as footballers, but as individuals. It’s a challenging process and some of the lads will adapt and learn quicker than others. We’re working with a diverse group of players and there are a lot of different personalities and traits.
“It’s important, that as coaches, we understand what makes each player tick and realise how we can get the best out of them.”
AFC Bournemouth’s under-18s are next in action against Newport County at Canford Arena on Saturday 8 October.
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