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Johnson delighted with Community spectacle

Lee Johnson thoroughly enjoyed his first taste of a Community Match, which drew a record crowd approaching 1,700 at Norton Lane.

The pre-season fixture will raise vital funds for the hosts Hengrove Athletic, as well as the club’s own Community Trust. 

Goals from Marlon Pack, Aden Flint, Josh Brownhill, Kieran Agard, Lee Tomlin (two) and Jonny Smith saw City run out comfortable 7-0 victors. But for Johnson, the community was the big winner of the day. 

He told Bristol City Player HD: “I really enjoyed it and it was a really good exercise for us. 

“It looked like a big crowd and I think they enjoyed the game too. There were some good goals and some nice play. 

“Hengrove were fantastic hosts and deserve great credit for putting this day on the fans along with the Community Trust.” 

Aaron Wilbraham played in central defence, but Johnson insists it’s not a tactic he is planning to use longer-term. 

“We know all about what Aaron can do. We just wanted to give some of our other attacking players a bit of a run,” Johnson said. 

One of those players including a trialist forward, who has been training with City recently. 

Another trialist took up position in goal for City in the first period, albeit with little to do. 

“Both trialists have good pedigree,” City’s head coach added. “We don’t want to go about naming them. 

“I’m sure it’ll have our supporters digging to find out who they are, but we don’t want to be alerting them to everyone else. 

“They’ll remain with us for the Yeovil Town game (next Saturday) and we’ll go from there.” 

City have already recruited Brownhill, Gary O’Neil and Tomlin so far this summer and Johnson hopes to add to that tally of three before the team head for their pre-season training camp in La Manga. 

“We’ve still got plates spinning, as the phrase goes,” he said. “We’re still hopeful of getting one or two over the line in the next week to ten days.” 

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