Report: Bristol City Under-21s 0-0 Blues Under-21s
Blues Under-21s drew against Bristol City in the Professional Development League on Tuesday afternoon.
Steve Spooner's team had the better opportunities at the Robins High Performance Centre and saw a first-half spot kick kept out, as they were held by the Reds in what was their second outing of the season.
This followed a brave defeat with nine men versus Millwall at Wast Hills Training Ground last Monday, and more of that battling spirit was on display in the South West when facing a Robins outfit that included veteran centre-back Sol Bamba.
He blocked the game's first effort on goal from Adan George before Rico Patterson seized upon the follow-up, only to fire wide in a bright opening from Birmingham City.
Blues' triallist A would then open the game up and when he proved too much in the box, Bristol's defender Harry Leeson gave away a penalty. However, George's effort from 12 yards was stopped by Harvey Wiles-Richards after 34 minutes.
And the goalkeepers were having the best of it at both ends, with the opening 45 coming to a close level thanks to Zach Jeacock pushing a Tommy Backwell header away from goal.
The second period passed without any major incident and penalty appeals from both sides fell on deaf ears as a scrappy contest ensued in the middle of the park.
However, always looking for more, it was Spooner's charges that went closest to hitting a winner. A chance presented itself to substitute Keyendrah Simmonds late on, but he was narrowly off target meaning the spoils were shared.
Bristol City: Harvey Wiles-Richards, Harry Leeson, Zac Bell (Porton 45’), Ryley Towler, Sol Bamba (Wood 65’), Joe Low, Dylan Kadji (Knight-Lebel 70), Josh Owers, Tommy Backwell, James Morton, Marley Rose (Oputeri 65)
Subs not used: Jose Casa Grande.
Blues: Zach Jeacock, Callum Sullivan (Byron Pendleton 70), Triallist A, Triallist B, Remi Walker, Marcel Oakley, Rico Patterson (Josh Home 70), Krystian Bielik (Keyendrah Simmonds 46), Adan George (Harley Hamilton 70), Kieran Wakefield, Brandon Khela.
Substitutes not used: Alfie Brooks.