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U23s REPORT: QPR 4-1 TOWN

26 August 2016

Gerard Nash's side defeated in West London despite Ben Morris strike

Town's U23s fell to a disappointing 4-1 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road this afternoon.

Gerard Nash's side, who have suffered defeats to Sheffield United and Birmingham so far this season, were comfortably beaten in West London despite Ben Morris getting himself on target for the Blues.

Town fielded a strong side, with Piotr Malarcyzk skippering the side which also included Cameron Stewart and Adam McDonnell in midfield.

However it was the hosts who struck first, taking the lead through Dan Darbyshire after 19 minutes as he found a way past Michael Crowe in the Town goal.

The R's then doubled their lead moments later, with Brandon Adams following up after teammate Brandon Comley has initially hit the woodwork.

Crowe did make a fine save to keep the Blues in the tie just before half-time, keeping out a strong Nico Hamalainen header before then denying Eberechi Eze with a smart stop.

Town did pull a goal back with 15 minutes remaining, as striker Morris raced clear and beat the 'keeper to the ball, before slotting home well.

The forward, who has been called up by England U18's, had a chance to equalise soon after but squandered the chance with 10 minutes remaining.

However the R's extended their lead with five minutes remaining as a powerful Cole Kpekawa strike found the back of the net.

QPR then put the game beyond doubt in injury time as the impressive Eze slotted beyond Crowe at the second time of asking.  

Town: Crowe, Fowler, Malarcyzk, Smith, Webber, McDonnell, Blanchfield, Benyu, Patterson, Stewart, Morris. Subs: Wright, Salaudeen, McKendry, Nydam, Downes.  


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