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City win behind-closed-doors fixture

20 August 2013

A number of Phil Parkinson's squad members, including Luke Oliver, enjoyed a useful run-out this Tuesday afternoon as a City XI defeated a side from Accrington Stanley in a behind-closed-doors fixture at the Coral Windows Stadium.

Oliver played just over 75 minutes - the most since his return from long-term injury - during City's 3-0 win over Stanley.

Alan Connell, who himself enjoyed just under 80 minutes, netted twice with the Bantams' other goal in the match coming from a trialist.

Along with Oliver and Connell, fellow first-teamers Raffaele De Vita, Connor Ripley, Matt Taylor, Jason Kennedy, Ricky Ravenhill and Carl McHugh also featured. All six of them played the full game.

Among the apprentices on show for City, defenders Jack Stockdill and Niall Heaton, both of whom made the trip to Ireland in pre-season, both saw some action in the match.

Stockdill started and finished the game at right back, while Heaton replaced Oliver for the final stages of the game.

Fresh from his recent work experience period with Manchester United, youth team forward Oliver McBurnie, who is now set to train more regularly with Parkinson's first-team squad, was given the final 24 minutes or so of the reserve fixture.

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