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Report: Town's Development Squad lose out in final game of the season

14 May 2024

Match Reports

Report: Town's Development Squad lose out in final game of the season

14 May 2024

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Fleetwood Town's Development Squad lost their final Professional Development League fixture of the season, with hosts Bristol City winning the game 3-1 at Ashton Gate.

In the early exchanges, Bristol City had most of the ball - they knocked it around well across the pitch and made a young Fleetwood side work to retrieve the ball and to get any meaningful possession.

Town looked to get the Robins on the counter attack, and with the pace of Liam Roberts and Hermann Daha, it was a plan you could see from the off.

The hosts did score the first goal of the match with less than ten minutes until the break. Midfielder Adam Murphy's strike from the edge of the box was too much for Oli Bellizia - who tried his best to keep the shot out.

Five minues before the break, Bristol doubled their lead. Ollie Thomas tapped the ball home from close range after some fantastic play down the wing.

Fleetwood finished off the half strong. Roberts and Daha linked up after Crispin McLean worked the ball well, and all that was missing was the conviction for the visitors who failed to make this clear-cut chance count.

With Nathan Pond's side missing great opportunities, it was Bristol City who took their chances when they came. It was 3-0 with ten minutes left on the clock, with Callum Hutton scoring the goal.

Owen Devonport scored a late consolation goal in the 83rd minute. Roberts did well on the left to work a yard of space for a cross, which found the forward inside the box to then rattle the net at Ashton Gate with his strike.

It has been an unbelievable first season in the Professional Development League for Fleetwood Town. The side have never let the Club down and now it's time for a break before the group go again in August when the 2024/25 season begins.

Town XI: Bellizia (GK), Trialist (Eccles, 87'), Hughes (C), Elmore (Doherty, 78'), Trialist, Butterworth, Trialist, Daha, Devonport, McLean, Roberts.

Subs not used: Cragg (GK), Trialist.

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