Tuesday 20 October 2015
Sky Bet League 1
Bradford City 2 (McArdle 45+1, Brown O.G 51)
Bury 1 (Rose 90+4)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
The Bantams secured their third league win on the trot with a gutsy, but deserved, victory over in-form Bury.
The Shakers had come into their visit to the Coral Windows Stadium eleven matches unbeaten in Sky Bet League 1 but two City set-piece goals ended that run and grabbed all three points for Phil Parkinson's men.
City's opener came on the stroke of half-time when Rory McArdle headed home Tony McMahon's corner for his first goal of the season.
The Bantams' second arrived shortly after the break when another McMahon corner delivery bounced off former Bantams loanee Reece Brown to register an own goal and double City's advantage.
Bury did pull a goal back deep into stoppage time through substitute Danny Rose's late volley but City weren't to be denied their second home victory of the season.
The only down point of the evening came when Steven Davies limped off shortly after City's second goal with a suspected medial knee ligament injury.
FT: Bradford City 2 Bury 1
90+5min: Marshall has a late chance to seal it when the ball is fed to him in space the box but his effort is pushed away by Lainton.
90+4min: GOAL - Bradford City 2 Bury 1 - Late drama here possibly? Bury pull a goal back deep in stoppage time when Rose latches onto a headed flick on via Pope from Riley's long kick forward and volleys expertly into the far bottom corner.
90+3min: Marshall has the ball in the net after being teed up by Hanson but the winger is already flagged for offside.
90min: There will be five minutes of time added on at the end of the game.
90min: YELLOW CARD - Mellis is booked for a lunge on Marshall over by the corner flag on the near side deep in Bury territory.
89min: McMahon's shot from outside the area takes a deflection off a Bury player before whistling narrowly past Lainton's near post for a corner.
88min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Luke James for Cole.
79min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Mark Marshall for Reid.
74min: You don't see that everyday! Twice referee Mr Bond asks Riley to move back to the right spot before taking a throw-in before deciding he'd had enough and gives City the throw-in instead!
70min: McMahon pulls the ball back to Cole in an invitingly position inside the area. The striker's shot for goal is blocked from close range before Knott drive on the rebound from around the edge of the area bobbles wide.
68min: Cole takes aim from outside the box following Hanson's headed knock-down but the striker's half-volley flashes a yard or so wide of Lainton's goal.
66min: Riley's driven corner drops into the path of Pope but the striker shot from just inside the area is well held by Williams.
63min: Evans' driving run into the box eventually sees the midfielder put the ball across the box towards Cole but Peter Clarke is well placed to knock clear.
62min: After a run across the box from Cole, the striker plays the ball off to McMahon, who fires in a drive from outside the area that is tipped over the bar by Lainton.
62min: Pope's header down into the mix tries to find Leon Clarke lurking in the box but a combination of Burke and Meredith crowds him out and Williams is able to gather.
61min: SUB - Bury bring on Danny Rose for Brown.
60min: Pope's attempted cross into the middle from a wide position is clung onto by Williams on the goal-line.
56min: From a bright City counter-attack, Billy Knott feeds Lee Evans and the Welsh midfielder curls an effort narrowly over the bar from just outside the box.
55min: SUB - Davies eventually has to limp off to be replaced by James Hanson.
53min: SUB - Bury bring on Tom Pope for first half substitute Hope. While Pope is coming onto the field, Davies is down receiving treatment for a knock.
51min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Bury 0 - The Bantams double their lead from the resulting set-piece. McMahon's corner into the area seems to miss everyone before hitting off Reece Brown and finding the net.
51min: McMahon's corner delivery towards the near post is met by Leon Clarke but his attempted clearance is horribly miscued and the ball flashes narrowly wide of Lainton's near post.
49min: Riley's testing cross into the six yard box is vitally headed up and behind by Reece Burke for a corner with Leon Clarke dangerously lurking behind him and looking to pounce.
48min: Mellis plays Tom Soares into shooting space inside the area but the midfielder drags his low strike wide of Williams' far post.
46min: Bury restart the game.
HT: Bradford City 1 Bury 0
45+1min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Bury 0 - The Bantams take the lead just before the interval through McArdle! McMahon's corner delivery into the box is met by the well-timed run of McArdle and the defender powers a glancing header past Lainton!
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
42min: Cole's looping header from Reid's cross deep into the box drops just over Lainton's goal.
40min: From the resulting Riley corner, Leon Clarke heads narrowly over the bar from deep inside the box.
40min: A long kick forward from Lainton eventually ends up deep inside City's penalty area. Williams comes out to claim the ball but the nearby Stephen Darby takes no chances and heads the ball out just in front of him for a corner.
39min: McMahon's resulting free-kick takes a nick off the Bury wall before going behind for a corner.
38min: YELLOW CARD - Nathan Cameron is booked for barging into Steven Davies while the pair looked to contest an aerial ball near to Bury's penalty area.
32min: Tony McMahon's fizzing delivery into the box from a wide free-kick is tipped behind for a corner by the finger-tips of Lainton.
28min: Reid's cross into the area flashes across the box, narrowly misses McArdle and Cole in the middle.
26min: Riley's deflected drive from outside the area is saved low at his near post by Williams.
25min: Kyel Reid's ball into the box finds Devante Cole lurking but the striker's effort for goal hits up off Riley, meaning the ball pops up nicely for Rob Lainton to grab.
24min: Mellis plays the ball behind McArdle to give Leon Clarke a sight of goal inside the box. Clarke's low left-footed effort is saved by Williams - the offside flag is already, however, meaning any goal there would have been chalked off anyway.
22min: Leon Clarke lays the ball back to Danny Mayor and the attacker's right footed drive from just outside the box is pushed away by Williams. James Meredith then heads the loose ball behind for a corner.
20min: SUB - Bury bring on Hallam Hope for Danny Pugh.
11min: Mellis turns on the ball following Craig Jones' low cross into the box but McArdle gets across again to make the interception to stop the midfielder from enjoying a sight of goal.
8min: Leon Clarke looks like he could be in again seconds later but Rory McArdle gets across to make an important tackle inside the box to rob the ball off him.
8min: Jacob Mellis looks to play Leon Clarke in with a sight of goal but his attempted through-ball is just over-hit and Ben Williams narrowly beats the striker to secure possession.
0min: The Bantams kick off the match. They will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP:
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Knott, Evans, Reid, Davies, Cole
Subs: Jones, N Clarke, Marshall, Liddle, Hanson, Leigh, James
Bradford City substitutions:
Hanson for Davies (55), Marshall for Reid (79), James for Cole (88)
BURY LINE UP:
Lainton, Riley, Cameron, P Clarke, Pugh, Soares, Mellis, Brown, Mayor, L Clarke, Jones
Subs: Ruddy, Hope, Pope, Sedgwick, Burgess, Mohammed, Rose
Hope for Pugh (20), Pope for Hope (53)
Cameron (38), Mellis (90)
Referee: D Bond
Assistant Referee: T Bramall
Assistant Referee: J Hunt
Fourth Official: M Donohue