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29 October 2016

Club News


29 October 2016

at the Cherry Red Records Stadium
Kick Off: 3.00pm
Bradford City 3 (Hiwula 3, Hanson pen 78, 90+2) 
AFC Wimbledon 2 (Elliott 18, Taylor pen 68)
Sky Bet League One
Saturday 29 October 2016

Attendance: 4,826 (803 visitors)

A dramatic injury time winner from James Hanson secured a memorable three points for City following an entertaining encounter at AFC Wimbledon.

With the scores level at 2-2 going into the second of fourth minutes of over-time, Hanson found himself in the right spot to latch onto a Stephen Darby cross and guide a glancing header past Dons 'keeper James Shea and into the far corner.

The Hanson header understandably sparked joyous scenes in the sold out away section, a stark contrast to City's last away fixture when they were on the receiving end of a last-gasp goal at Oxford United.

City's winner was Hanson's second of the afteroon after the striker had drawn the Bantams level earlier in the half from the penalty spot-kick following Shea's foul on Matthew Kilgallon inside the box.

Ahead of the late drama that was to come, City actually got off to a great start to their contest against a Wimbledon side that was eight games unbeaten going into the match.

Less than three minutes were on the clock when Jordy Hiwula swooped to fire Stuart McCall's side into the lead with a strike from just inside the box that deflected past Shea via Paul Robinson.

The Dons equalised fifteen minutes later when Tom Elliott pounced to lash past Colin Doyle by his near post with a fierce rising drive after George Francomb's free-kick had dropped into the striker's path.

The hosts continued their comeback with just over twenty minutes of normal time remaining when Lyle Taylor converted from the spot after Josh Cullen was judged to have felled Jake Reeves with a tackle inside the box.

Taylor's goal gave Wimbledon the advantage going into the game's closing stages but Hanson's penalty of his own twelve minutes from the end set up the fantastic finale for McCall's men.

FT: AFC Wimbledon 2 Bradford City 3
90+5min: From Shea's free-kick from the halfway line into the box, Wimbledon keep the ball alive in the area with a couple of headers before Barnett guides a looping header narrowly past Doyle's far post.
90+2min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AFC Wimbledon 2 Bradford City 3 - Hanson heads City into the lead in injury time! From Darby's cross, Hanson is first onto the ball and he guides home into the far corner via a glancing header past Shea.
90+1min: YELLOW CARD - Barnett is booked for complaining after a foul is given against him on Knight-Percival by the near touchline.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
88min: Bringing the ball forward deep into Wimbledon territory, Vincelot takes aim but his shot for goal from distance is sliced wide of Shea's near post.
82min: Beere's delivery into the box flashes across goal, missing everyone, before going out for a throw-in over the far side.
81min: SUB - AFC Wimbledon bring on Chris Whelpdale for Taylor.
81min: Morais runs at Fuller before cutting onto his right foot and firing low past Shea's near post from just outside the box.
80min: Beere tries to wriggle free into space inside the area but Doyle is out quickly to dive at the midfielder's feet and claim the ball as he burst forward.
79min: SUBS - AFC Wimbledon bring on Tom Beere and Tyrone Barnett for Francomb and Elliott.
78min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AFC Wimbledon 2 Bradford City 2 - Hanson takes responsibility for the kick and coolly fires into the corner despite Shea guessing the right way.
77min: PENALTY TO THE BANTAMS! - City are awarded a spot-kick! Wimbledon fail to clear their lines following a Morais cross into the box and referee Mr Robinson points to the spot as Kilgallon tumbles in the box trying to fire for goal with the loose ball.
72min: YELLOW CARD - Reeves is booked complaining to the referee about an earlier decision.
69min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Filipe Morais for Cullen.
68min: GOAL - AFC Wimbledon 2 Bradford City 1 - Taylor sends Doyle the wrong way to convert the spot-kick, firing low into the bottom corner.
67min: PENALTY TO AFC WIMBLEDON - The hosts are awarded a spot-kick when Cullen is penalised for tripping Jake Reeves in the area. Wimbledon counter-attack from a City corner, Barcham eventually looks to slip Reeves into space inside the area but the midfielder is loses his footing after an attemped tackle from Cullen.
65min: Barcham is able to shrug off Stephen Darby to latch onto Elliott's flick on from a Shea goal-kick. Now in the box, Barcham looks to shot for goal but his effort is blocked behind by Knight-Percival. Elliott makes a connection with his head from Francomb's resulting corner delivery but Doyle is able to reach up and claim the ball as it drops from the sky.
64min: SUBS - The Bantams bring on Marc McNulty and Mark Marshall for Hiwula and Billy Clarke.
52min: Taylor plays Meades into space over by the left hand side of City's penalty area but the left-back's cross-come-shot drifts wide of Doyle's near post.
51min: With the ball at his feet, Billy Clarke moves away from at least three Wimbledon defenders as he moves towards the hosts' box. Now inside the area, Clarke looks to maintain possession by racing onto his own knock forward but Shea is out to dive at his feet and claim the ball.
47min: Running at Kilgallon, Taylor moves towards the byline before firing the ball low into the middle with a threatening delivery. The ball fizzes across the six yard box, taking a touch off a City player on its way out over by the far side for a corner. Barcham and Francomb work it short from the resulting set-piece but Doyle is able to claim the latter's cross into the box.
46min: The Bantams restart the match.
HT: AFC Wimbledon 1 Bradford City 1
45min: Getting the ball forward quickly, Wimbledon work a promising attack, finding themselves three on three with City's defence. Taylor has the time and space to run at Vincelot from an angle around the edge of the box but the watchful Frenchman is able to block the striker's shot as he cut inside onto his right foot.
42min: Barry Fuller's ball into the middle from Wimbledon's right flank lands at the feet of Elliott roughly twenty yards out. The striker, clearly full of confidence after his earlier goal, fires forwards first time but the powerful effort sails comfortably over Doyle's crossbar.
40min: An attempted pass forward from Billy Clarke is charged down, with the ball dropping nicely into the path of Lyle Taylor inside the area. Taylor tries to twist and turn into shooting space but Romain Vincelot shows great concentration to stick with the striker and block his eventual shot.
28min: Running forward with the ball, Law elects to shoot from distance but his rising strike swerves wide of goal.
26min: Decent chance for Hiwula! Billy Clarke's clever little pass forward from just outside the box finds Hiwula in space inside the area and behind Wimbledon's defences. With Shea coming out to narrow the angle, Hiwula has to shoot first time and his low effort rolls agonisingly wide of the far post.
18min: GOAL - AFC Wimbledon 1 Bradford City 1 - Elliott equalises for the home side.After initially competing in the air with Hanson for Francomb's free-kick into the box, Elliott sees the loose ball drop into his path and he rifles in a rising drive that whistles past Colin Doyle by his near post and into the roof of the net.
14min: Matthew Kilgallon's cross into the box finds Hanson but the striker's header loops up into the air and Jon Meades is able to chest the ball back to Shea.
11min: James Hanson finds Hiwula in space via a header flick-on but the Huddersfield loanee fails to add to his afternoon's tally, volleying wide with a first time left-footed effort.
10min: Francomb finds Barcham with a pass from just inside the area but the Wimbledon winger's shot is blocked by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.
5min: Will Nightingale's delightful ball over the top finds Lyle Taylor briefly in a pocket of space behind City's backline. Taylor brings the ball down well but Romain Vincelot is around quickly to cover and force the striker into a rushed shot over from an angle.
4min: AFC Wimbledon try to make a quick response but both Tom Elliott and George Francomb fail to make meaningful connections on the ball following Andy Barcham's teasing cross into the box.
3min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! AFC Wimbledon 0 Bradford City 1 - The Bantams make a start through Jordy Hiwula! Hiwula plays a one-two with Nicky Law before firing for goal with a low strike from just inside the box that deflects off the oustretched leg of Paul Robinson and past James Shea.
AFC Wimbledon kick off the match.

Shea, Fuller, Nightingale, Robinson, Meades, Bulman, Reeves, Francomb, Taylor, Barcham, Elliott

Subs: McDonnell, Whelpdale, Beere, Fitzpatrick, Barnett, Egan, Owens

AFC Wimbledon substitutions:
Beere for Francomb (79), Barnett for Elliott (79), Whelpdale for Taylor (81)

AFC Wimbledon cautions:
Reeves (72), Barnett (90+1)

Doyle, Darby, Vincelot, Knight-Percival, Kilgallon, Dieng, Cullen, Law, B Clarke, Hanson, Hiwula

Subs: Sattelmaier, N Clarke, Marshall, McNulty, Vuckic, Morais, McArdle

Bradford City substitutions:
McNulty for Hiwula (64), Marshall for B Clarke (64), Morais for Cullen (69)

Referee: Tim Robinson 
Assistant Referee: Gavin Muge
Assistant Referee: Rob Smith
Fourth Official: Thomas Ramsey

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