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12 July 2014

Bantams boss Phil Parkinson felt his squad could be happy with their efforts at Guiseley this Saturday as City eased to a comfortable victory in their first pre-season friendly of the summer.

First half goals from Lewis Clarkson (twice) and Matthew Dolan ensured the Bantams' picked up a 3-0 victory over their non-league opponents in front of a plentiful City crowd at Guiseley's Nethermoor ground.

Parkinson used the match as an opportunity to field two separate teams - one per half - with new boys Matthew Dolan, Gary Liddle, Alan Sheehan, Billy Clarke and Billy Knott all featuring.

Parkinson said: "There was a lot of good to come from both halves really. I know we got the goals in the first half but we probably created the better chances in the second period.

"We've hit the bar and got on the end of some other good opportunities so, all in all, I have to be pleased with our day's work.

"The new lads we have brought in over the summer - Matty Dolan, Lids (Gary Liddle), Billy Clarke, Billy Knott and (Alan) Sheehan - are all good technical players, and I think you could see that today (Saturday).

"It was also nice to see some of our younger players on show. 

"Sam Wright from our youth team came into the side as a late call-up for a trialist who has been offered a contract elsewhere.

"I felt he came in and showed a good work ethic in the first half.

"Lewis Clarkson getting his two goals was a nice bonus as well.

"Today will probably have been the first time our fans will have had the chance to see him. The one thing you can see about Lewis quite quickly is that if you give him a chance, he will usually score."

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