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28 November 2016

Ben Morris on target, but Blues fall to a defeat in Bristol

A goal from Ben Morris couldn’t prevent Town’s U23s from falling to a defeat against a strong Bristol City side at the Stoke Gifford Stadium this afternoon.

The Robins’ starting line-up included a number of players who have appeared in the first-team this season, such as Adam Matthews, Luke Freeman and Korey Smith, and the Blues had to be resilient in the first-half to keep the score level.

Freeman tested Harry Wright in the Town goal early on, but the ‘keeper did well to turn his effort onto the crossbar.

Wright was called into action a number of times in the opening 45 minutes, and he twice thwarted midfielder, Josh Brownhill from opening the scoring as the sides went in at the break goalless.

It didn’t take long into the second-half for the game to spring into life with Gustav Engvall giving City the lead with little over five minutes played; the Swede spinning away from his marker before slotting past Wright from inside the box.

Town levelled soon after through Morris as the striker latched on to Wright’s long kick to take the ball off the toes of the opposition ‘keeper and fire into an empty net.

Parity wasn’t restored for long with the Robins hitting back within five minutes as Diego De Girolamo poked home from close range following some superb work from Joe Morrell on the wing.

The hosts replaced three of their first-team players, with Smith, Freeman and Matthews all making way and it was one of the replacements that sealed the three points.

Osagi Bascome was on the pitch for just over ten minutes when his first-time strike from a Brownhill pass flew into the bottom corner and opened up a deficit that Gerard Nash’s side couldn’t recover from.

Town: Wright, Woolfenden, Smith, Fowler, Webber, Blanchfield, McDonnell, Dozzell, Benyu, McLoughlin, Morris (Cathline, 81). Not Used: Hayes, McKendry, Folami, Downes.

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