City were undone by a single goal as they exited the FA Youth Cup at the expense of Ipswich Town at Ashton Gate.
Thomas Winter’s strike on the half hour mark was enough to ensure the Tractor Boys progressed into round four.
New recruit Rhys Jordan had City’s first chance of the evening, dragging his shot just wide of the far post from eight yards out.
City played well in the opening exchanges, playing some neat football without really testing Michael Crowe in the Ipswich goal.
Winter, out of nothing, put the visitors in front just before the half hour. The midfielder received the ball with his back to goal and from 25 yards, turned before looping his effort over Dylan Castenheira in the City goal.
Wes Burns looked lively throughout the first half, getting to byeline before cutting the back into Conor Lemonheigh-Evans’ path, but he sliced his effort high and wide.
City piled on the pressure after the interval with two chances in quick succession. Burns was once again involved when his cross was met by Pierce Mitchell but the City skipper’s header was kept out by the back-peddling Crowe.
It was then Jamal Simms who was left wondering how he didn’t bring his team back on level terms. City’s corner was only half cleared by the Ipswich rearguard and Hall knocked the ball back in, finding Simms, but his hooked shot dropped wide.
Substitute Tyson Pollard and Burns linked well at the death but just as the latter was poised to fire goalwards, Omar Sowumni timed his tackle perfectly to secure the visitors’ safe progress.
City: Castenheira; Simms, Batten, Mitchell (capt), John; Jordan, Morrell (Pollard 70), Hall (Paice 90), Cline; Lemonheigh-Evans (Bishop 76), Burns.