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11 December 2021

Match Reports


11 December 2021

Ten-man City battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at home to play-off chasing Sutton United.

After playing just under an hour a man down - following captain Niall Canavan's dismissal - Derek Adams' side left with a share of the spoils thanks to goals from Theo Robinson and Lee Angol. 

City enjoyed a comfortable opening 15 minutes, with chances falling to both goal-scorers. 

Levi Sutton came closest to breaking the deadlock when his surging run to the edge of the visitors' box opened an angle for him to shoot, but his effort curled around The U’s post.

A speculative effort from Elliot Watt nearly caught Dean Bouzanis off his line, with Sutton’s No.1 forcing a corner from the midfielder's long-range strike. The ensuing corner was met at the near post by Canavan, but the skipper was unable to keep his attempt under the crossbar.

The visitors' first chance of the afternoon fell to top goal-scorer David Ajiboye, whose slick turn put him through on goal but his effort was scuffed wide under pressure from Alex Gilliead.

A breathless final 15 minutes of the half saw both sides hit the back of the net in the space of two minutes.

First, the Bantams were reduced to 10 men when Canavan brought down Omar Bugiel in the box and a penalty was awarded.

Rob Milsom dispatched the spot kick, only for it to be cancelled out by Robinson at the other end, as the striker met Watt’s in-swinging free-kick to level the score.

The half ended level despite the best efforts of both sides, with Sutton coming closest when their corner was steered goalwards and a mass scramble in the City box kept the score even.

Despite their one-man deficit, it was the Bantams who started the second half the quickest. Levi Sutton again came close after a clever combination with Gilliead helped him skip past The U’s defence, but the midfielder looked to square the ball and failed to find the intended target.

Sutton regained the lead in the 75th minute when Alistair Smith headed home from close range after Sam Hornby parried Ricky Korboa’s effort into his path.

However, City showed their grit to stay in the game and, in the 81st minute, got their reward through Angol - who turned home Sutton’s teasing cross to bring the Bantams level once more.

The hosts were put under pressure by the visitors after their equaliser, but the 10-man City side held on to earn a point.

CITY: Sam Hornby; Oscar Threlkeld, Liam Ridehalgh, Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan (dismissed 31’); Yann Songo’o, Alex Gilliead, Elliot Watt, Lee Angol; Theo Robinson, Levi Sutton. SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell, Callum Cooke, Matty Foulds, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Caolan Lavery. 

GOALS: Theo Robinson 34’, Lee Angol 81’. 

SUTTON: Dean Bouzanis; Jon barden, Ben Whyatt, Ben Goodliffe, Louis John(c); David Ajiboye, Omar Bugiel, Will Randall, Rob Milsom; Donovan Wilson, Alistair Smith. SUBS (not used): Filip Chalupniczak, Craig Dundas, Tobi Sho-Silva, Ricky Korba, Enzio Boldewijn, Richie Bennett. 

GOALS: Rob Milsom 32’, Alistair Smith 76’. 

REFEREE: Peter Wright. 

ATTENDANCE: 14,658 (187 visitors).

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