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Bell bags brace as Hornets stung in second-half show

It rained goals at a soggy Clarence Park where Sam Bell struck twice as the Robins sailed past Watford Under-23s.

Bell, pictured, scored from the penalty spot before doubling City's lead in open play, while Zak Smith and Vince Harper completed the rout in the 4-0 Professional Development League win.

The first half saw City keep defensive discipline to keep the Hornets at bay and it ended goalless with Watford keeper Adam Parkes keeping out a Bell penalty, while Joseph Hungbo hit the post for the hosts.

However, City stepped up a gear and were at their best after the break as they put the home side to the sword once Harvey Wiles-Richards tipped a Watford shot on to the post!

But it took just six minutes into the second half when Bell made no mistake with his second spot-kick of the afternoon after the referee spotted a handball.

It would be 2-0 just minutes later with Bell on hand again - this time the youngster capped off a City counter attack when he rifled the ball into the top corner.

As City's quality began to show, Smith grabbed the third goal shortly after the hour-mark, when he met a Sam Pearson cross and the midfielder's left-foot finish from close range found the back of the net.

And Harper got himself on the scoresheet with a goal 15 minutes from the end and round off a memorable afternoon. Bell, chasing a hat-trick following Louis Britton's feat at the start of the week, had the initial effort blocked but the rebound fell kindly for his teammate Harper who fired home.

City: Wiles-Richards, Edwards, Harper, Owers, Harrison, Towler, Benarous (Scott 80), Smith, Bell, Pearson (Henry 80), Soady. Subs not used: Walker, Leeson.

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