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18 September 2021

Match Reports


18 September 2021

The Bantams battled back to earn a point in Sky Bet League Two with a 1-1 draw against Barrow.

Charles Vernam’s second league goal of the season ensured Derek Adams’ men are still yet to lose at home in the league this season, after the visitors had taken lead in the opening period.

The Bluebirds came close early on with a teasing ball from Patrick Brough, who found Offrande Zanzala in the six-yard box - but the forward’s header failed to find the back of the net.

Shortly after the 20-minute mark, the visitors struck first. A long-range effort from Josh Kay clipped the inside of the post before crossing the line and putting Barrow in front.

City had a flurry of chances in the build-up to half-time - with the lively Vernam coming closest. It was to no avail though, as City trailed at the break.

Vernam began the second half as he ended the first, equalising for the Bantams just shy of 60 minutes in.

The winger met Gareth Evans' cross that hung in the air to power home and put Derek Adams’ men on level terms.

It was City who came closest to taking all three points, as they piled on pressure in the closing stages.  

Vernam came within inches of winning it for the Bantams in the 87th minute when running through on goal, but his shot deflected agonisingly wide of the post meaning it finished all square. 

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld (booked 83'), Liam Ridehalgh, Paudie O’Connor ©, Callum Cooke; Andy Cook (Theo Robinson 83’), Alex Gilliead, Charles Vernam, Fiacre Kelleher (booked 48); Gareth Evans (Caolan Lavery 83’), Elliot Watt (booked 73'). SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby, Yann Songo’o, Levi Sutton, Oliver Crankshaw, Finn Cousin-Dawson 

GOALS: Charles Vernam (59’).

BARROW: Paul Farman; Patrick Brough, Jason Taylor, Offrande Zanzala (Dimitri Sea 70’), Joshua Kay (booked 30'); Joshua Gordon (booked 56'), Robbie Gotts (George Williams 71’), Remeo Gotts, Festus Arthur; Oliver Banks, Jordan Stevens (booked 68'). SUBS (not used): Thomas White, Joseph Grayson, Joshua Lillis, Scott Maloney

GOALS: Joshua Kay (21’).

REFEREE: Tom Reeves. 

ATTENDANCE: 15,403 (568 visitors). 

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