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Posted Wednesday, August 14th 2019

Report: U23s 1-3 Nottingham Forest U23s

City’s Under-23s opened their Professional Development League campaign with a 3-1 loss to Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate Stadium.

The Robins had taken the lead through Freddie Hinds’ 48th-minute goal but Forest struck immediately with a Brennan Johnson equaliser. The visitors pounced to take the lead just after the hour mark and Tyese Fornah grabbed the third.

The first half ended goalless though not without chances at either end, including Ricardo Rees getting on the end of Jonny Smith’s pinpoint cross but his header went straight to Forest goalkeeper Jordan Wright.  

Forest also had a golden opportunity with a penalty after Bradley Webb pushed Alex Mighten in the box but Lochlan Robertson saved Johnson’s spot-kick with his outstretched legs.

The second half started with a flourish of goalmouth action and within five minutes City took the lead when Smith again got to the byline and crossed for Hinds to slide the ball in.

Forest hit back straightaway with the ball being cut back to Johnson, who drove the ball home low and 10 minutes later they went ahead through the number 10, who got away from Aden Baldwin and curled his shot past Robertson.

City pressed hard for an equaliser and Rees almost got his shot away but Forest wrapped up victory when Fornah unleashed a fierce strike from the edge of the box.

City U23s: Roberston, Taylor, Webb, Bakinson, Harrison, Baldwin, J Smith, Z Smith (Towler 46), Rees (Britton 85), Hinds, Adelakun. Subs not used: Buse, Low, Day.