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Posted Thursday, March 22nd 2018

Report: Colchester United U23s 0-3 Bristol City U23s

A blistering first-half performance saw City Under-23s cruise to a 3-0 win over their Colchester United counterparts in Essex.

George Nurse fired a brace before James Morton add to the scoreline before half-time.

Nurse broke the deadlock inside two minutes, setting the scene for what was to follow.

Tarryn Allarakhia almost provided a quick-fire response for the hosts, but the midfielder's effort bounced back off the inside of the post.

But then Nurse doubled City's advantage on the half hour with a sweetly-struck right-foot shot.

The rout was completed five minutes later when Morton took aim from distance and found the far corner of the net.

Antoine Semenyo could have made things worse for the U's, but goalkeeper Ryan Huddart produced a smart save in a one-on-one situation.

City stopper Jojo Wollacott produced a fine save of his own soon after to deny Decarrey Sheriff, but in truth he was rarely troubled on the night.

Luke Williams' Under-23 side face a further two games next week, on Monday away at Hull City, before a trip to Swansea City on Thursday in the Premier League Cup knockout stages.

Meanwhile, City have been handed a home tie against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League Cup quarter-finals, if they can overcome Swansea.

City Under-23s: Wollacott, Turner-Williams, Parsons, Harvey Smith, Baldwin, Nurse, Richards, Morton (Allen), Bakinson, Semenyo (Z.Smith), Akpobire (Day). Subs not used: Robertson, Ali.