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Report: Bristol City U23s: 3-1 Colchester United U23s

It may have been four weeks since their last outing but Bristol City Under-23s were in fine form to beat Colchester United Under-23s 3-1.

It was a sign of things to come when Sam Pearson almost broke the deadlock inside the fourth minute. Centre-back Joe Low found the runner with a threaded pass but Pearson couldn’t beat U’s keeper Endurance Johnson with the shot.

Johnson was the busier of two keepers early on, though Andre Hasanally went close with low shot wide of goal as Jojo Wollacott watched on at full stretch.

Johnson pulled off a good fingertip save to deny Ayman Benarous before a howler from the shotstopper gifted City’s opener. It was a captain’s goal for midfielder Zac Smith who received the ball from Johnson’s kick and Smith kept his cool, placing the ball past the keeper who was left red faced for his error.

Michael Fernandes showed good work down the left as he cut inside and crossed for Jake Hutchinson but the Colchester number nine’s glancing header drifted wide.

That would be the visitor’s final opportunity to get level as City struck twice more the break.

Louis Britton used s height advantage to leap and meet a Josh Owers cross, looping the ball into the far corner, before Marlee Francois slide a pass into Pearson who tucked home City’s third goal on the stroke of half-time.

City continued to search for more goals with Marlee Francois firing just over before Pearson headed straight at Johnson, while Ryley Towler missed a close-range header of his own as City started the second half well.

The U’s grabbed a consolation goal in the 74th minute when Hutchinson’s right-footed shot had the beating of Wollacott.

But a consolation goal was all it proved to be as City held on, even hitting the post through Smith as he went close to a second goal of the afternoon.

It was the perfect start to 2021 for Alex Ball's men, who next travel to take on Swansea City in the PDL on Tuesday, January 26th (7pm KO). 

City v Colchester: Wollacott, Harper, Allen, Low (Wood 60], Owers, Towler, Benarous, Francois [Kadji 88], Britton [Hinds 70], S Pearson, Z Smith.

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