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Barnsley blow for Under-23s

City Under-23s failed to recover from early goals against Barnsley in the Professional Development League at Oakwell to go down 2-0.

After going down in the sixth minute, when Matty Wolfe broke through and slotted home into the corner, they conceded a disputed penalty in the 23rd when Zac Smith was penalised for handball.

Jojo Wallcott dived the right way and got a hand to Wolfe’s shot but couldn’t keep the ball out.

City improved in the second half and had a chance to reduce the deficit when Sam Bell intercepted a loose Barnsley pass to slip in Jayden Ali who found Sam Pearson but he could only direct his shot straight at keeper Henry Kendrick. 

With more possession but lacking the final quality ball, City made changes with Marcus Day coming on for Sam Bell, Ricardo Rees pushing down the middle, Pearson moving to the right and Day playing off the left.

City created another gilt-edged chance with 10 minutes to go when a short corner routine saw Marcus Day cross the ball to the onrushing Tom Richards but Kendrick got down well to save.

The Robins are next in action in the Gloucestershire Football Association Senior Cup semi-final against Slimbridge AFC at Thornhill Park, Wisloe Road, on Wednesday, April 10th (KO 7.45pm).

City Under-23s: Wollacott, C Pearson (Kieran Smith 55), Webb, Z Smith, Low, H Smith (capt), Rees, Ali, Bell (Day 68), Richards, S Pearson. Sub (unused): Sainsbury.