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21 October 2013

Blues held after early Marriott strike

Jack Marriott gave Town an early lead but Mark Kennedy's side had to settle for a share of the points at Portman Road.

The Blues’ frontman opened the scoring in the fourth minute when a mistake from Jack Batten let him through on goal and he curled his shot past Max O’Leary and into the net.

Bristol drew level midway through the second-half though thanks to Lewis Hall's' long range strike and the young Robins side did enough to earn the point.

Bristol had their first real attempt on goal just after the half hour mark, with Tyrone Mings being dispossessed, leading to Burns having a shot on goal from the edge of the box which went over the bar. 

The visitors came close again three minutes later when Hall's close-range effort was saved by Crowe. 

Blues came close to adding to Marriott’s early goal before the break when the first year professional squared the ball to Jordan Adekunle whose shot was blocked on the line by a combination of Pierce Mitchell and Town striker Frank Nouble.  

The away side started the second-half brightly, Wes Burns fired another good opportunity wide whilst Omagbulahan Ariyibi shot wide of the right post when one-on-one with Crowe. 

Bristol had some fortune with their equaliser. Hall took a free-kick 30 yards out on the right touchline and his attempted cross floated over Crowe and into the net.

Matt Clarke got his head on Mark Timlin's knock down but he guided his effort over the bar as Town pressed for a winner and Nouble had the ball in the net from Carlos Edwards’ cross but was ruled offside.

Nouble came close to winning the game late on when O'Leary tipped his volley over the bar from eight yards out.

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