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17 August 2021

Match Reports


17 August 2021

The Bantams secured back-to-back victories in Sky Bet League Two with an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Stevenage. 

A perfect first-half hat-trick from Andy Cook and a late header from skipper Niall Canavan earned City the win at the Utilita Energy Stadium, with a raucous atmosphere under the lights. 

The hosts opened the scoring with just under a minute played when Liam Ridehalgh’s cross from the left-hand side was headed into the back of the net by Cook, who completed a flowing team move. 

Alex Revell’s side netted an equaliser when the ball fell to Elliot List who struck past Richard O’Donnell. 

The Bantams went close to regaining the lead when Alex Gilliead went on a positive run, but ended up dragging his effort just wide of the post. 

With just under half an hour played, the hosts were awarded a penalty when Charles Vernam was brought down inside the 18-yard box by Luther James-Wildin. 

Lee Angol stepped up to take the spot-kick, but it was denied by Boro goalkeeper Joseph Anang. 

However, from the resulting corner, Cook volleyed in his and City’s second of the contest, to put the Bantams deservedly back in front. 

To make things even better, Cook completed a first-half hat-trick with just 38 minutes on the clock.

Finn Cousin-Dawson played a through ball to the frontman who raced in on goal and finished calmly to give City a commanding lead heading into the interval. 

Cook almost netted his fourth after the restart, but his header was kept out at the near post. 

An memorable night for City was topped off when Ollie Crankshaw's cross was headed in by Canavan - who netted the first goal for the Bantams. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Finn Cousin-Dawson (booked 13’), Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan ©, Liam Ridehalgh; Elliot Watt, Charles Vernam (Caolan Lavery 79’), Alex Gilliead, Lee Angol (Oliver Crankshaw 70’); Callum Cooke, Andy Cook (Yann Songo’o 90’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby (GK), Fiacre Kelleher, Matthew Foulds, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales, 

GOALS: Andy Cook (1’, 30’, 38’), Niall Canavan (88’). 

STEVENAGE: Joseph Tetteh Anang; Luther Wildin, Sam Cuthbert © (Luke Prosser 40’), Terence Vancooten, Ben Coker; Charlie Carter, Chris Lines (Elliot Osborne 50’), Elliot List (Jamie Reid 64’), Jake Taylor; Jake Reeves, Luke Norris. Subs (not used): Sacha Bastien (GK), James Daly, Jack Smith, Ross Marshall. 

GOALS: Elliot List (17’). 

REFEREE: Martin Coy. 

ATTENDANCE: 14,257 (101 visitors). 

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