Bristol City trialist tries out at League One club as Robins top table after Colchester win

Bristol City returned to the summit of the Professional Development League after beating Colchester United
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Lucias Vine, who was recently on trial with Bristol City, featured for a new club on Tuesday afternoon.

Vine had been with the Robins under-23’s side earlier this month, playing in the 1-1 draw with Watford on April 5.

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The 18-year-old, who is contracted to Aldershot Town, played for over an hour, before being replaced by Prince Henry.

But that appearance was the last for Alex Ball’s side and he has since trialled at League One outfit Bolton Wanderers.

Vine, the son of former Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers man Rowan, is aiming to earn a professional deal with the Trotters now, as they launch a reserve side, which would include a mix of youth players and experienced pros.

City coped without Vine and used their own homegrown talent as they claimed a resounding 3-0 win over Colchester United to enhance their Professional Development League title hopes.

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Tommy Conway gave the Robins a first-half lead after Barney Soady crossed into him. Fellow first-teamer Sam Bell doubled their lead after the hour, volleying home from a pass from Josh Owers. Conway, who has been a fringe player for the first-team this season then doubled his tally to put City back at the top of the table.

Ayman Benarous, who came on five minutes into the second-half, replacing the injured Jay Dasilva who twisted his knee, played an hour, in what was his second game in less than 24 hours.

Duncan Idehen, who was an unused substitute yesterday was also involved, playing the entirety of the match, earning a crucial clean sheet.

Joel Manning remains on trial at the club and acted as a back up goalkeeper to Josey Casa-Grande, who has been given a chance at a higher age level following Harvey Wile-Richards’ loan to Gloucester City.

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The win over Colchester was the perfect response after losing 1-0 to Ipswich Town’s side at the High Performance Centre last week.

It puts them at the top of the table with each side playing 22 games with a one point advantage as they look to retain their crown.

City have two games left in their season, as next week they are scheduled to play Barnsley away in Group A on April 25 before rounding off their season against Coventry City on May 3.

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