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Report: City Under 23s 1-0 Crystal Palace U23s

Sam Bell came off the bench to score a late winner as Bristol City U23s beat Crystal Palace U23s 1-0 in their Professional Development League 2 encounter.

With only two minutes of normal time remaining, Freddie Hinds found space on the left flank and sent a looping cross to the back post, where Bell (pictured) was perfectly placed to bury home.

The game had looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Bell's goal, as both Hinds and Louis Britton were denied earlier on by Palace goalkeeper Oliver Webber.

The result leaves the young Robins joint 7th in the table, level on points with Ipswich Town.

City goalkeeper Wiles-Richards was forced into an excellent reaction save within the first minute of the match, denying a close-range header from Eagles striker Rob Street.

Alex Ball's side's only chance of the first period came 20 minutes in as Ricardo Rees' cross found Hinds, but the striker's glanced header under pressure dropped just wide of the far post.

With the game goalless at the break, City opened the second-half strongly. Hinds was played in behind and his strike was saved by the Palace goalkeeper, before Britton's subsequent effort from the rebound was blocked.

The home side almost broke the deadlock on the 81st minute, as Jamie Taylor's ball down the channel was excellently collected by Britton, but his powerful strike was saved well by Webber.

However, only seven minutes later, Hinds darted down the left and delivered a wonderful cross to Bell at the far post, who finished with aplomb to earn City all three points.

It's a Severnside Derby to look forward to next week, when the development group travel to face Cardiff City Under-23s at the Cardiff City Stadium (Monday, February 10th, 7pm KO).

Report: James Cox

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