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Report: Bristol City U23s 4-3 Charlton Athletic U23s

Braces from Tommy Conway and Louis Britton kept City top of the Professional Development League with a 4-3 win over Charlton Athletic at the Optima Stadium.

Conway fired the Robins into an early lead from the spot before Britton scored a quickfire double in the space of two minutes.

City were in complete control with a 3-0 lead at half-time before Nathan Harvey pulled back a goal for the visitors.

Conway grabbed his second on the volley in the 74th minute after a neat set-up by Zac Smith and, while Charles Clayden and Henry netted late, the Robins saw out the game.

Louis Britton scored in the 14th and 15th minutes

Steven Sessegnon saw 66 minutes of scheduled action as the on-loan Fulham defender continued his return to fitness following hamstring surgery that has kept him out of action since October 24th.

City were ahead inside five minutes when Vince Harper worked his way down the left and was brought down in the box, leaving Conway to make no mistake from the spot.

Britton made it two after 14 minutes when Alex Scott pounced on a defensive error and fed the frontman who unleashed a fierce drive to beat Nathan Harvey in the Charlton net.

Steven Sessegnon played 66 minutes on his return from injury

A second from Britton followed 60 seconds later as the young Robins pinched possession in the middle of the field and he fired in a thunderous left-footer from the edge of the box.

City had a further chance when Alex Scott controlled a long ball from Wollacott and having raced towards goal, he shot just wide.   

Charlton started the second half brighter and pulled a goal back inside three minutes when they won possession in midfield and Aaron Henry produced the end product. 

The Addicks had a chance for a second when Richard Afrane Kesey headed a cross over the bar but it was small respite.

After some neat interplay through the middle, Smith rolled a ball into Conway and he picked out the near corner with a first-time finish.

Wollacott was called into action in the 75th minute when he produced a strong save to deny Armando Quitirnia's free-kick from distance, pushing the ball wide.

Clayden pulled a goal back for Charlton when he got on the end of a cross to guide the ball in from close range.

Scott’s skills then created an opening for Britton, whose rebounded shot came to Benarous and his effort forced a diving save from Harvey.

Henry then wrapped up the scoring with a low strike in an action-packed second half as the Robins held on to secure three points and make it four wins in a row.

City Under-23s: Wollacott, Z Bell, Low (capt), Webb, Sessegnon, Harper, Owers, Scott, Smith, Britton, Conway. Subs: Robertson, Benarous, Francois, Allen, Leeson.

Charlton Under-23s: Harvey, Barton, Famewo, Ness, Aidoo, Henry, Quitirna, Agyemang, Oguntayo, Afrane-Kesey, Trialist. Subs: Barker, Clayden, French, Trialist.

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