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Under-23s defeated by Rams in Premier League Cup

City Under-23s final Premier League Cup Group F fixture ended with a disappointing 8-1 reverse to table-topping Derby County at Loughborough University.

The Robins struggled against a more experienced Rams side and were 5-0 down at the break.

An improved second half saw City more aggressive in the tackle area and Sam Bell scored a 70th-minute consolation after Ryley Towler’s corner was headed back across goal by Harvey Smith.

The Under-23s are back in action in the Professional Development League against Nottingham Forest on Monday, March 4that Ashton Gate (7pm).

City: Buse, Turner-Williams, Soady (Callum Pearson ht), Spark, H Smith, Ali, S Pearson, Richards, Rees, Bell (Conway 75), Towler. Substitutes (unused): Robertson, Williams.