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Johnson proud of 'family club' status

Lee Johnson says the annual Community Match at Bristol Manor Farm showcased City’s family club credentials to the maximum.

The head coach took a strong team to The Creek, where a capacity crowd of 1,417 fans were in attendance.

City ran out 11-0 winners on the day – a record score for a community match – but the City boss was just as interested in how his players performed off the pitch.

“We are a family club and we should never, ever lose that,” Johnson told BCTV.

“Days like the Community Match prove it; the players are more than happy to mingle with the supporters, who reciprocate with words of encouragement.

“It was a great day and a lovely atmosphere - there were 1,400-plus here in the blistering heat.

“Putting the result to one side, it’s great for Bristol Manor Farm that so many fans have come down and put money in the coffers. Hopefully they can get the new floodlights they want now.”

Johnson fielded a different XI in each half. Freddie Hinds, Eros Pisano, Bobby Reid, Josh Brownhill and Joe Morrell all scored in the first half, before braces from Callum O’Dowda, Diego De Girolamo and Shawn McCoulsky completed the rout after the break.

The City boss added: “I was really pleased with the players. They had played 24 hours earlier in Guernsey don’t forget, flying in and out on the same day.

“You’re always learning about the players. The attitude from them was outstanding.”

Next up for City is another pair of back-to-back friendlies at Bath City and Torquay United on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

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