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Report: City Under-23 1-2 Colchester United Under-23s

Korey Smith completed just under an hour of football as he continues to return from injury, but couldn’t help City Under-23s as they were defeated by Colchester United.

Colchester took an early lead in the game, when Aaron Barnes slotted in after seven minutes.

City grabbed an equaliser just after the hour mark through Tom Richards, who capitalised on a defensive error.

The away side claimed all three points late on, as Ryan Clampin’s effort took a deflection and went in for the winner.

Luke Williams’ side started off the brighter, and had a chance in the opening stages when the returning Smith, pictured earlier in the campaign, slotted a ball over the top. It was headed down by Sam Bell into Richards’ path, but the latter couldn’t hit the target with his shot.

And with their first attack on the City goal, Colchester would go in front when Barnes was found in space and finished beyond the City goalkeeper.

The first half was devoid of many chances for both sides, with City creating half-chances through the likes of Ricardo Rees and Bell.

With just under an hour under his belt Smith was replaced by Ryley Towler, as City looked for an equaliser and they were level not long after. Seemingly out of nothing, a defensive error saw the ball fall to Richards, who had the easy task of putting the ball in the back of an empty net.

Similarly to the first half, only half-chances were being created by City. A long-range Jayden Ali volley was well struck, but blocked by a Colchester defender.

But it would be Colchester who would return to Essex with all three points, when Clampin’s shot deflected off a City defender and in for the match-winner.

City Under-23s return to action on Monday (March 25th), as they welcome Burnley to Ashton Gate.

City Under-23s: Marinovic (Carey), Turner-Williams, Webb, Harrison, H.Smith, Ali, Day (Conway), K.Smith (Towler), Rees, Richards, Bell. Unused sub: Spark.

Words: Ryan Payne