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Report: Bristol City U23s 2-2 QPR U23s

Bristol City U23s were held to a 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers U23s, after an enthralling second-half in the Professional Development League 2 encounter.

Ricardo Rees opened the scoring after an hour at the Optima Stadium, finishing smartly from a Vince Harper cross, before captain Aden Baldwin increased City's advantage.

Amrit Bansal-McNulty pulled one back for QPR with 15 minutes remaining, with Joe Gubbins nicking a point for the visitors late on.

The young Robins remain 7th in the table as a result, three points adrift of the visitors.

The first chance of the game fell to City, as Josh Owers won the ball in the opposition third before threading it through to Trialist, who blazed over from 20 yards out.

Ryley Towler - who replaced James Morton after two minutes - created the next chance, as his looping cross was headed goalwards by Freddie Hinds but failed to trouble the QPR goalkeeper.

Hinds tried his luck again soon after, and a stinging free-kick was saved well by Tyla Dickenson in the opposing goal. The keeper was in action seconds later too, this time catching Baldwin's effort.

City's number one Harvey Wiles-Richards was forced into his first saves of the match, keeping out three powerful efforts in the space of a few minutes.

After a quiet start to the second half, City broke the deadlock just after the hour mark. Harper picked the ball up on the left and was able to pick out Rees in the area, who made no mistake in volleying into the bottom corner from close range.

Hinds almost doubled the host's lead not long after, as he headed Jamie Taylor's cross narrowly wide.

The Robins did manage to increase their advantage though as Baldwin, wearing the captain's armband, headed home powerfully from a corner to give the hosts a two-goal cushion.

QPR halved the deficit through Bansal-McNulty's sliding finish, but managed to equalise right at the death, as a free-kick eventually fell to the feet of Gubbins who fired into the net.

City stay 7th in the Professional Development League 2 table, and host Charlton Athletic U23s next in Weston-super-Mare.

City: Wiles-Richards, Jamie Taylor, Harper, Morton (Towler 2), James Taylor (Webb 70), Baldwin, Trialist, Z. Smith, Rees, Hinds, Owers (Britton 70). Subs not used: Sainsbury, Gould.

Report: James Cox

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