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YOUNG BANTAMS RALLY TO SCUNTHORPE VICTORY

24 February 2020

City’s under-18s battled to secure all three points, winning 2-1 at Scunthorpe United to remain second in the EFL Youth Alliance North East division. 

After a break from fixtures, Mark Trueman’s young Bantams found themselves a goal down in challenging conditions, though two second-half goals saw them record their fourth-straight win. 

Scunthorpe snatched the first chance of the game - through Patrick Virgo.

The No.10 slipped through the defence but was unable to convert as his shot deflected out for a corner - in the seventh minute.

City did reply through a Reece Staunton chance on the 20-minute mark, but it was the home side who drew first blood, three minutes later. 

Raynner Silva found himself unmarked outside the box, before slotting the ball home - giving the Iron the lead. 

The Bantams hit back following the interval, drawing level just after the hour mark.

After being set up by first-year scholar Jonny White, Kian Scales - adding to his season tally of 15 goals - stuck to level the scores. 

After conceding, Tony Daws' side tried to conjure chances. But, with nine minutes left on the clock, City took the lead for the first time in the game. 

Defender Finn Cousin-Dawson evaded his man at the front post to guide Staunton’s free-kick cross in to salvage all three points for the away side. 

Trueman's boys now sit 10 points behind league-leading Doncaster Rovers, with three games in hand over the South Yorkshire outfit. 

CITY: Tom Donaghy; Tanaka Maumbe, Harvey Rowe, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Leke Ajibode (Oliver Norman 79’); Reece Staunton © (booked 55’), Kian Scales, Olivier Sukiennicki (George Thewlis 79’); Jack Wilson (Raj Palit 81’), Jonny White, Charlie Wood. Subs (not used): Luke Harrop, Harvey Ormeord. 

GOALS: Kian Scales (61’), Finn Cousin-Dawson (81’). 

SCUNTHORPE: Jake Balme; Dan Gallimore (Dylan Farmer 82’), Oliver Lobley (booked 48’), Ben Franklin, Charlie Barks ©; Ethan Young, Cameron Wilson, Raynner Silva, Alex Wilkinson; Patrick Virgo, Luca Chadli (Harvey Jessop 83’). Subs (not used): Jack Moore-Billam, Tom Collins, Harry Lewis. 

GOALS: Raynner Silva (23’).  

MAN OF THE MATCH: Jonny White.

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