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Report: Colchester United U23s 1-2 City U23s

Bristol City Under-23s returned to winning ways in the Professional Development League with an away win at Colchester United.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

The young Robins looked the most likely to break the deadlock in a tightly contest affair at Maldon and Tiptree FC.

Harry Leeson tried his luck from distance, but his effort flashed wide, before Louis Britton was released one-on-one with the U’s goalkeeper, only for the shot-stopper to come out on top.

Britton would be presented with another opportunity in front of goal soon after as he latched on to a pinpoint through ball from Marlee Francois, but again his shot was well saved.

Dylan Kadji - who received a yellow card inside the opening minute - was replaced by Prince Henry at half-time as the Robins stepped up their intensity and directness.

Zak Smith went close when he picked up a Bradd Webb pass, but it was teammate Francois who gave the visitors the lead when his 20-yard right-foot strike nestled into the bottom corner.

With momentum on their side, the young Robins doubled their advantage when Vince Harper’s cross was headed into the far post by Britton, who got his deserved goal.

Barney Soady and Callum Wood were introduced in place of Francois and Aden Baldwin respectively, with Colchester making for a tense affair as they halved the deficit with 15 minutes remaining.

Substitute Henry almost restored the two-goal cushion only for his left-foot strike to be denied, as City held on to secure victory and maintain their position at the top of the division.

Next up for the young Robins is a home game against QPR on Tuesday, March 9th 1pm).

Colchester v City: Wiles-Richards, Bell, Baldwin (Wood), Webb, Leeson, Kadji (Henry), Owers, Harper, Smith, Francois, (Soady) Britton. Subs not used: Walker.

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