A depleted City Under-18 side were unfortunate not to take maximum points from rivals Cardiff in a 1-1 draw at Filton.
Alex Ball’s team included four under-16s in their ranks and trialist Taylor Watts, but still took the game to their opponents in the first half.
Elan Gordon, Miles John and Tyson Pollard all tested the Cardiff keeper from distance, but the Robins initially struggled to threaten in behind the visitors’ defence.
The breakthrough finally arrived 20 minutes from time, as Watts’ clever through ball found John breaking from deep, whose first-time shot across goal was finished off by Matt Mattis at the back post for his second goal in as many games.
But for all City’s control, they were unable to find a decisive second goal to kill the game and were eventually pegged back when Cardiff stole possession in midfield and scored at the end of an incisive move to secure a point.
City: Castenheira, Withey, Paice, Jordan (Fry 60), Abbott, Mitchell, Bishop (Watts 60), John, Gordon, Pollard, Mattis. Subs not used: Wollacott, Horgan.
Meanwhile, the under-16s fell to a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the same opponents.
An electrifying start to the game saw City race into the lead inside 38 seconds, when Joe Teall’s long ball out of defence found Ryan Radford sprinting clear to lob the ball over the advancing keeper and into the net.
However, the lead was as short-lived as the stalemate that preceded the opener, as a mistimed clearance allowed the visitors to equalise almost immediately with a fine volley.
Cardiff then took the lead for the first time when the ball was forced over the line from close range after a goalmouth scramble, before Zak Vyner’s defence-splitting pass allowed Ben Last to round the keeper and level things up again at 2-2.
It had been a frenetic opening period, but two goals in the first ten minutes of the second half would prove enough to secure victory for the Bluebirds.
Both goals were preventable too, as Cardiff seized upon errors in possession to score goals three and four and ultimately put the game beyond their hosts.
City boss David Horseman would have been impressed with the impact of substitutes Jacob Maddox and Herbie Kane – both promoted from the under-14 setup – but individual mistakes had already left his team too much to do.
City: O’Leary, Suleyman (Maddox 50), Shiner, Teall, Cadima, Vyner, Eastwood (Kane 50), Emmer, Wood, Last, Radford.