Goals from Harvey Bunker and Destiny Oladipo ensured that Forest Green Rovers Under 18s continued their fine pre-season with a 2-1 win over Bristol City.
FGR took a deserved lead in the first half from the penalty spot when Seugwoo Yang’s cross was adjudged to be handled in the area and Bunker stepped up to convert.
The second came from the boot of Oladipo deep into the game and while Bristol replied immediately, FGR were able to see out the victory.
On the eve of the two first teams going head-to-head at The New Lawn, it was the young guns that were out to impress on a muggy evening in north Bristol.
Forest Green started brightly and had two meaningful forays into the opposition’s final third in the opening five minutes but both were well defended by the hosts.
The first meaningful chance fell in the 19th minute when a great ball from the right from Vaughn Covil fizzed across the six-yard box.
Luke Hallett was the first to get to the ball but his shot was superbly saved before it ricocheted back off the FGR forward and somehow looped over the crossbar.
On a hot evening, there was a drinks break just shy of the half hour mark and it wasn’t long after this that the deadlock was broken.
Yang skipped down the right wing, linking up well with Covil, before delivering into the box, the ball striking a defender’s hand and Bunker was on hand to slot the resulting spot kick to the right.
FGR saw out the remainder of the half with relative ease but it was the hosts who were left ruing a good opportunity seven minutes into the second half.
Bristol’s number seven had a run down the left before delivering a ball to the back post that Bristol’s number nine could only head over.
In the 74th minute, Dan Bradshaw delivered a superb free-kick in from the left that Dan Ogunleye was able to get a nice flick on after evading his marker and it looked destined for the back of the net, only to be denied by a fantastic save.
The second for Forest Green came in the 88th minute after some good build-up play around the box and Ogunleye was able to touch a loose ball in the area to Oladipo who shot on the turn and found the back of the net off both posts.
There was still time for Bristol City to reply just a minute later when Benarous shifted the ball out of his body well on the edge of the box before firing home but Chris Barker’s side were able to see out the match.
It is a quick turnaround as the Under 18s will be back in action on Friday night when they travel to Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Friday, 7.30pm kick off.