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6 September 2014

Saturday 6 September 2014
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 1 (McArdle 26)
Yeovil Town 3 (Martin 8, 23, Leitch-Smith 73)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium

Attendance: 12,601 (190 visitors)

The Bantams fell to a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town this Saturday at a damp and deary Coral Windows Stadium.

Two set-piece goals from Yeovil central defender Aaron Martin put the visitors in control of the game before even the halfway point of the first period.

Rory McArdle did pull a goal back for City from an Alan Sheehan corner just minutes after Martin's second but a third Yeovi goal seventeen minutes from the end from Ajay Leitch-Smith saw the Glovers deservedly register an away victory.

FT: Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 3
90+3min: SUB -
Yeovil bring on Seth Nana Twumasi for Leitch-Smith.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
89min: Mclean tries to reach a Hanson headed flick-on following Pickford's long kick forward but the ball just bounces away from the striker's clutches and Weale is able to dive at his feet and pounce on it.
88min: Sheehan's half-cleared free-kick delivery into the area drops into the path of Knott just outside the box. The midfielder strikes for goal and the effort flies narrowly over Weale's bar.
84min: SUB - Yeovil bring on Kieffer Moore for Hayter.
83min: Knott's clipped cross over to the far post looks to have James Meredith sneaking in behind but great defending from Dawson sees the Yeovil man cut out the danger and put the ball behind for a corner.
81min: SUB - Yeovil bring on Nathan Ralph for Foley.
76min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Yeates for Liddle.
73min: GOAL - Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 3 -Yeovil add a third to their afternoon's tally to once again establish a two-goal lead in the match. Smart play from Price over on Yeovil's left flank keeps the ball alive and his cut-back from near the byline is emphatically driven home into the top corner from just inside the area by Leitch-Smith.
With Yeovil keeping the ball alive inside City's box, McArdle needs to get a flick on the ball to turn it behind for a corner after Hayter had fired for goal on the spin following Dawson's header into the mix.
69min: Clarke fires comfortably over the bar from just outside the box after being teed up by Hanson's side-footed lay-off.
65min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Aaron Mclean for Mason Bennett.
62min: Stephen Darby's heads the ball back into the box after his long throw-in had been initially cleared but Hanson's own header for goal is wide of Weale's near post.
52min: Foley moves into spot of shooting space around 20 yards out from City's net but his effort goes wide of Pickford's goal.
50min: Liddle gains a yard or space to connect with Sheehan's near post corner delivery but the midfielder's glancing header goes wide of Weale's goal.
47min: Foley lays the ball off to Nathan Smith, who drills a low angled drive from just inside the box across goal and narrowly wide of Pickford's far post.
46min: Yeovil restart the game.
HT: Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 2
There will be two minutes of time added on at the end of the first half.
31min: A sharp counter-attack forward from Yeovil sees Kevin Dawson play Edwards into shooting space inside City's penalty area but the midfielder's low angled drive is held by Pickford at the second attempt.
29min: Sheehan's floated delivery into the area from the resulting free-kick sees McArdle headed the ball across the box but a stretching Hanson in the middle can only divert his own header comfortably wide of Weale's goal.
28min: YELLOW CARD - Leitch-Smith is booked for clipping Billy Knott's legs from behind just inside Yeovil's own half.
26min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Yeovil Town 2 - McArdle brings City back into the game! The defender has a free run to crash home a header from an Alan Sheehan corner.
A James Hanson headed flick-on from a Pickford kick forward looks to have Clarke in behind with a decent shooting chance. The attacker seems set to shoot as the ball bounces down into his path but a superb tackle from a recovering Joe Edwards knocks it behind for a City corner.
23min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2 - Yeovil double their lead through Martin again as the central defender climbs highest to power a header into the bottom corner of Pickford's goal from a wide free-kick delivery from Foley.
After tenacious work in midfield from Jack Price, Foley is able to eventually play the ball into the path of Leitch-Smith, who is away from his marker McArdle and in shooting space inside City's box. Leitch-Smith goes for a low effort across goal but Pickford gets down to his right to repel the strike.
12min: Moving away from goal, Leitch-Smith fires in a low angled drive that trickles across goal and narrowly past Pickford's far post.
8min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 1 - The visitors take an early lead when Sam Foley's corner is headed straight in by Aaron Martin.
Ajay Leitch-Smith moves onto a long kick forward from Chris Weale that drops into the area after taking a flick off the head of Rory McArdle. With the ball bouncing towards the byline, Leitch-Smith tries a half-volley for goal from a tight angle but the effort sails harmlessly into the stand behind Jordan Pickford's goal.
4min: Gary Liddle's in-swinging cross from the left is met by Billy Clarke but the striker's header from around the penalty spot sails over.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period. With the rain continuing to fall down following persistent rain showers earlier in the day, it looks like keeping your footing could be an issue for some players on the damp surface.

Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Knott, Kennedy, Liddle, Clarke, Bennett, Hanson

Subs: Williams, Dolan, Mclean, Yeates, Routis, McBurnie, Wright

Bradford City changes:
Mclean for Bennett (65), Yeates for Liddle (76)

Weale, Sokolik, Martin, Nugent, Smith, Dawson, Price, Edwards, Foley, Hayter, Leitch-Smith

Subs: Krysiak, Moore, Twumasi, Ralph, Grant, Brooks

Yeovil Town cautions:
Leitch-Smith (28)

Yeovil Town changes:
Ralph for Foley (81), Moore for Hayter (84), Nana Twumasi for Leitch-Smith (90+3)

Referee: G Eltringham
Assistant Referee: J Clark
Assistant Referee: M Dicicco
Fourth Official: H Byrne

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