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21 November 2020

Match Reports


21 November 2020

The Bantams fell to defeat at the Peninsula Stadium - losing 3-0 to Salford City. 

Three first-half strikes secured the points for the home side, where errors at the back cost City in Lancashire, ensuring they left empty handed.

The home side took the lead in the 8th minute. A long-range shot from Bruno Andrade was saved into Luke Burgess’ path who tapped home into an empty net.

Salford doubled their lead 21 minutes in through a flowing move. The ball was worked out wide to Tom Clarke who delivered a pinpoint pass to Ian Henderson - who calmly placed the ball beyond Richard O’Donnell.

The Bantams responded with a chance of their own in the 25th minute when Gareth Evans delivered a ball to the edge of the box to Anthony O’Connor, who put the header straight into the hands of the Salford goalkeeper.

The Ammies almost added a third through Andrande after he was played through the City defence with an accurate pass.

O’Donnell rushed out to close the attacker down and pulled off a good save - putting the ball out for a Salford corner.

Salford continued their pressure and thought they had scored again from a header, only for O’Donnell to pull off a heroic save - with the ball just centimeters away from crossing the line.

Stuart McCall's side responded within seconds and hit the post through Austin Samuels, after the ball fell to him on the edge of the six-yard area. 

The Ammies countered quickly following Samuels’ miss and Ian Henderson was clean through, though could not hit the target when one on one with Richard O'Donnell. 

Salford all-but wrapped up all three points on the stroke of half-time as they scored their third of the afternoon.

The Bantams lost possession inside their own half, with the ball falling to Luke Burgess. The attacker weaved in and out of the City backline before striking high into the net.

The Bantams started the second half with a triple substitution. Harry Pritchard, Ben Richards-Everton and Gareth Evans all made way.

Salford began the half in similar fashion to the first as they looked to get a fourth through Ashley Hunter. His shot from inside the box was saved by O’Donnell.

The Ammies thought they had finally got their fourth after a goalmouth scramble in the City area. O’Donnell tipped a soft Salford shot onto the post before catching a cross back into the area. 

City’s final chance came in the 89th minute when Elliot Watt’s free-kick from the edge of the box was deflected wide - bringing the afternoon’s action to a close. 

SALFORD: Vaclav Hladky; Di’Shon Bernard (booked 88’), Ash Eastham (c), Tom Clarke, Ibou Touray; Jason Lowe (Oscar Threlkeld 62’), Alex Denny, Bruno Andrade (Brandon Thomas-Asante 67’), Luke Burgess (George Boyd 83’), Ash Hunter (booked 47’) (Jordan Turnbull 83’); Ian Henderson. Subs (not used): William Evans, Tom Elliot, Mani Dieseruvwe.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Connor Wood, Ben Richards-Everton (booked 2’) (Dylan Mottley-Henry 45’), Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor, Tyler French; Elliot Watt, Harry Pritchard (Kian Scales 45’), Gareth Evans (Levi Sutton 45’) ; Clayton Donaldson, Austin Samuels (Zeli Ismail 71’). Subs (not used): Sam Horby, Jackson Longridge, Finn Cousin-Dawson.

GOALS: Luke Burgess (8’, 45+1’), Ian Henderson (21’).

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