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Report: Millwall U23s 3-3 City U23s

City were held to a point in a six-goal thriller with Millwall at Calmont Road, where Louis Britton bagged a brace.

Tommy Conway gave City an early advantage, however Millwall had battled back and looked to take a half-time lead but for Britton’s equaliser just before the interval.

Britton soon had the young Robins in front in the second half but Millwall levelled again before a goal-line clearance at the end by Harvey-Wiles Richards denied them the latest of winners.

James Morton returned to feature in Under-23s action, after permission was granted by Gillingham where the midfielder is on loan for the season. Owura Edwards, who last featured for the first team against Brentford in February, started as did George Nurse having recovered from injury.

It was a fast start from City as they had Millwall on the back-foot inside the opening five minutes. Edwards looked bright and beat three players before crossing for Britton who headed wide, but moments later Conway grabbed the opener, scoring with a left-footed finish with his first shot of the game.

The Robins twice went close to extending their lead when captain Zak Smith fired just wide and Britton struck over the crossbar.

But Millwall battled back and were level when Abdul Abdulmalik found the bottom corner with a shot from the edge of the area.

The hosts then took the lead after missing a couple of glorious opportunities, but it was Sean O’Brien who made no mistake. Jack Leahy’s cross was initially blocked but O’Brien was on hand to convert with the rebound.

There was still time in this first half for another goal and thankfully it came for the young Robins, who struck four minutes before the break. Britton was the man to equalise as he capitalised on Edwards’ saved shot, which was parried by the Lions’ keeper Ryan Sandford.

Britton then had his brace in the bag just eight minutes after the restart. Nurse’s delivery was perfect for the striker whose initial effort was well saved but his rebound saw the ball creep over the line, despite the acrobatic efforts of Dan Moss.

Nurse went close to giving the young Robins a two-goal cushion with his trusted left foot but he just missed the target before the home side equalised for the second time.

City keeper Wiles-Richard could little about this one as the ball broke to Leahy on the edge of the box, and the winger unleashed an unstoppable volley into the top corner.

The Lions pushed for a late winner but Arthur Penney saw a header blocked as City held on to share the points.

The development squad return to action when they take on Barnsley at the Oakwell Training Ground, Tuesday March 23rd (2pm KO).

City U23s v Millwall U23s: Wiles-Richards, Harper, Taylor (Soady, 70), Webb, Nurse (Williams, 70), Morton, Owers, Conway, Z. Smith, Ow. Edwards, Britton. Subs not used: Walker. Palmer-Holden, Thuo.

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