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Match report - Brodella scores as Town's academy side are held to 1-1 draw by Bradford City

13 October 2023


Match report - Brodella scores as Town's academy side are held to 1-1 draw by Bradford City

13 October 2023

An early first-half strike from Josh Brodella was cancelled out in the second half by Bradford City as both sides played out a 1-1 draw this afternoon.

There were two changes from the side that beat Doncaster last time out as Robbie Wilson and Jayden Obarotimi were given the opportunity to return to the starting line-up. 

Despite Town taking an early lead, the first real opportunity of the match fell the way of the home side. As the Bradford striker raced through 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper, a superb last ditch tackle from Lewis Smalley was enough to deal with the danger. 

Less than 30 seconds later, Town found themselves in front. A driving run from Josh Brodella saw him work his way into the Bradford box and as he unleashed a shot at goal, the deflected effort hit the back of the net and Town had the lead. 

While the home side pushed forward determined to find an equaliser, a promising free kick made it's way to the back post where a lurking attacker could fire at goal. However, a strong save from Alex Mooney ensure that Town held on to their lead. 

Not to be disheartened, Bradford again looked to ask questions of a determined Town back line. However, another strong save from Mooney and a wayward rebound effort ensured that Town would keep their noses in front. 

With close to half an hour of the match played, Brodella came within inches of adding both his and Town's second of the game. A tidy bit of skill inside the box gave the number 7 space to shoot. However, the outstretched boot of the Bradford 'keeper did just about enough to deny him. 

As an action packed first 45 drew to a close, it would take 15 minutes of the second half before the first serious chance of note would occur. Jack Bray found space to shoot around 25 yards from goal but his sweetly struck volley was narrowly wide of the bottom corner. 

With just nine minutes left to play, Bradford City eventually found their route back into the match. A long ball over the top was met by the on rushing forward who calmly took the ball around Mooney and slotted home. 

Second half substitute Oli Robinson had a golden opportunity to win it for Town in the dying moments. However, the 'keeper stood his ground well and produced a fine save to earn a point for Bradford. 

Line ups: Mooney, Moorby, Pow, Hindle, Smalley, Taylor, Brodella, Lee, Obarotimi
(Samuels 64’), Bray (Robinson 76’), Wilson (Nicholson 45’)

Subs: Shepard, Nicholson, Mcclarin, Samuels, Robinson

Goals: Brodella 7’

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