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Posted Sunday, July 8th 2018

Report: Bitton AFC 0-4 Bristol City (Community Match)

An early goal of pre-season contender from Jamie Paterson helped City to a 4-0 Community Match win against their hosts, Bitton AFC.

Supporters turned out in their numbers for this year’s fixture, which was held at the Ton’s sun-filled WDS Associates Legal Services Stadium.

The day was, of course, about much more than the football with proceeds from the day’s events to be split between the Bristol City Community Trust and today’s hosts.

On the pitch though, Matty Taylor pounced to give City the lead, before Paterson’s top corner piledriver before half time. Hakeeb Adelakun then steered home City’s third after the break, before young Northern Ireland striker Rory Holden added the late fourth.

GALLERY: CITY IN ACTION V BITTON AFC

The match kicked-off as temperatures soared in South Gloucestershire, but that wasn’t to stop Taylor from keeping himself busy. He first met Jack Hunt’s sweeping pass with a lashed strike beyond Bitton keeper Dan Worton but the offside flag raised, before he guided a header narrowly off target - all inside the opening ten minutes.

Next to go close was Liam Walsh, who sent a free kick into the side netting and Andreas Weimann flashed a shot just wide of goal with a strike midway inside the Bitton half.

Taylor hit the post after a neat one-two with new teammate Marley Watkins in an action-packed opening 20 minutes, but he made no mistake shorty after when he rolled the ball under Dan Worton in the Ton goal.

City made their first of two complete team changes after half an hour, with Max O'Leary, Taylor Moore, Nathan Baker, Cameron Pring, Eros Pisano, Josh Brownhill, Marlon Pack, Jamie Paterson, Hakeeb Adelakun, Milan Djuric and Famara Diédhiou all brought on to the field.

Ton’s impressive keeper Worton expertly tipped a Diédhiou effort wide before holding a header from the Senegal forward from the resulting corner.

But Paterson doubled City’s lead just before half time though, after working himself a chance to shoot before hitting a glorious top-corner strike that left Worton helpless.

The attacking midfielder went looking for City’s third, and his second goal, shortly after but Bitton’s keeper pulled off another fine, diving save to deny him before the break.

CITY PRESS ON IN SECOND HALF

Djuric also went on to be denied by Worton, following a neat exchange of passes with Brownhill, but it was Adelakun who swept home the third goal. Diédhiou drove forward before picking out Pack to his right and the midfielder made no mistake with finding Adelakun on the edge of the area; the winger’s first-time powerful effort rippling the back of the net.

It was all change for a second and final time when Jojo Wollacott, George Dowling, Aaron Parsons, Harvey Smith, George Nurse, Jonny Smith, Tyreeq Bakinson, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans, Joe Morrell, Rory Holden, and Freddie Hinds entered the fray.

And Hinds was causing himself a nuisance early on, causing trouble for Worton when he looked to go around the Bitton keeper. The shotstopper stood firm however, using his face to block a cheeky Rabona effort from the young striker.

But Hinds eventually turned provider as the minutes ticked by when he found Holden as City burst forward, who struck City’s fourth goal of the day via the underside of the crossbar from close range.

The full-time whistle shortly followed, bringing an end to the annual charity fixture.

Bitton AFC starting XI: Worton, Hynes, Allward, Brice, Grimshaw, Ingram, Egan, Baker, Griffiths, Bament, Best. Subs: Harris, Osman, Mateus, Fletcher, Diallo, Porter, Thaws, Nelson, Pulman, Thier.

City starting XI: Fielding, Hunt, Webster, Baldwin, Bryan, Watkins, Walsh, K Smith, Eliasson, Taylor, Weiman. Subs: O'Leary, Moore, Baker, Pring, Pisano, Brownhill, Pack, Paterson, Adelakun, Djuric, Diédhiou, Wollacott, Dowling, H Smith, J Smith, Parsons, Nurse, Lemonheigh-Evans, Morrell, Bakinson, Hinds, Holden.

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