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Report: Chippenham Park 0-3 Bristol City Under-23s

City Under-23s overcame a tough, abrasive Chippenham Park side to record a 3-0 victory in their first pre-season game.

A first-half brace from Kel Akpobire saw the visitors comfortably in front at the break, leaving Saikou Janneh to complete the scoring early in the second half.

It was an impressive display from Luke Williams' side, who made up the majority of the squad for Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Torquay United.

The Robins made a rapid start to the game, using their pace to create three chances within the first ten minutes.

Ricardo Rees and Akpobire were stretching the opposition defence, with Rees coming close to latching on to Cameron Allen's lofted pass in the ninth minute, but there was too much pace on the ball as it ran through to the keeper.

Akpobire opened the scoring soon after as the heavy sustained pressure continued apace. George Dowling picked the ball up in midfield and continued on to a mazy run, taking the ball past three Chippenham defenders, picking out Rees at the back post who saw his effort superbly blocked on the line. However, Akpobire dispatched the rebound with no mistake, firing high into the roof of the net.

Dowling was again the man pushing his team forward and embarked on a 50-yard burst through midfield in the 18th minute, starting in his own half and ending with a low drive that he dragged wide of the mark.

Just as Chippenham looked to be working their way into the game, Akpobire struck again.

Allen picked the ball up on the right side of the pitch, cut diagonally across the box and played a lovely reverse ball into Akpobire’s path. He advanced into the area and fired home inside the near post.

City made a host of changes at half-time, with only Alhaji Sesay and Aaron Parsons remaining on the pitch for the second period.

Vince Harper used his blistering pace constantly throughout the second period, causing the home defence problem after problem. He also saw a strong penalty claim waved away.

City's third goal arrived on 58 minutes as a quick corner from Jake Andrews was clipped to the back post, where Janneh was waiting to head in.

Marcus Day and George Nurse were linking up to good effect down the left and the latter was unlucky not to chalk up an assist at the death when his dangerous cross somehow managed to bounce beyond three onrushing team-mates.

Williams' team will be joined by the Under-18s on a trip to Edinburgh next week, while the first team jet out to Tenerife.

City Under-23s: Sesay; Harper (Stanley 46), Parsons, Baldwin (Turner 46), Ali (Nurse 46); Mortimore (Turner-Williams 46), Dowling (Andrews 46), Z.Smith (Richards 46), Rees (V.Harper 46); Allen (Day 46), Akpobire (Janneh 46).

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