Rovers ship seven goals at City
Bristol City 7
Bristol Rovers 0
There are some defeats that are hard to take and this was one of them.
This afternoon a strong Bristol City side comfortably knocked seven goals past a young Rovers reserve/development side in a behind closed doors friendly at Failand.
The Ashton Gate outfit dominated proceedings pretty much from start to finish and it was difficult not to feel sorry for Rovers goalkeeper Conor Gough who, apart from the first goal, could not be faulted for any of the other six that flashed past him.
Ollie Norburn had seen City goalkeeper Lewis Carey comfortably deal with his free kick, and Matt Lund had hit the post before City took the lead on 34 minutes.
Gough, under pressure from Steven Davies, failed to gather a cross from the left and the City striker scored with a well executed overhead kick.
Four minutes later Paul Anderson hit a spectacular volley into the top corner of the net and Bobby Reid blasted the ball home to give the hosts a 3-0 half time lead after Rovers had failed to clear their lines.
City continued to go for goal after the break, and triallist Omar Soko added number four before Joe Bryan cut in from the left and curled a shot past Gough for number five.
Ross Staley fired wide and Carey saved from Joe Anyinsah before Reid scored a sixth, when he had time and space to curl a shot past Gough.
The final goal of the game came on 77 minutes when Anderson knocked the ball in from close range following a cross from Reid.
Connor Finn hit the City crossbar with a cross into the area and Carey saved a Jamie Lucas shot with his legs but Rovers were well beaten on the day.
Team: Conor Gough, Jordan Goddard, Tom Lockyer, Mitch Harding, Ross Staley, Ollie Clarke, Ollie Norburn (Connor Finn, 55), Matt Lund (Alefe Santos, 61), Fabian Broghammer (Jamie Lucas. 80), Ellis Harrison (Trey Anderson, 53), Joe Anyinsah
Substitutes: Matt Macey, Sam Kamara