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8 February 2022

Match Reports


8 February 2022

The Bantams returned to winning ways at the Lamex Stadium - with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Stevenage.

Jamie Walker's first goal in City colours was the difference for Derek Adams' men, who battled in the closing stages to record three points. 

The first chance of the game fell City’s way. Liam Ridehalgh crossed the ball into the box and picked out Nathan Delfouneso whose header looped just over the bar.

In the 33rd minute of an opening period the Bantams largely controlled, Levi Sutton burst down the wing and squared it to Walker, but his shot was blocked as City continued to press.

Just before half-time, Walker again came close to breaking the deadlock but goalkeeper Christy Pym stopped his shot from point-blank range.

At the very start of the second half Alex Bass was forced into a great save from a Stevenage corner.

Not long after though, and the Bantams were ahead in the 54th minute.

Bass' long free-kick upfield was picked out of the air and flicked on by Andy Cook. Walker took a touch and rifled into the back of the net in front of the 332 travelling supporters. 

A late flurry of chances saw Bass called back into action for City. Fifteen minutes later, Stevenage squared the ball to Bruno Andrade but his shot was held by the City stopper.

The Portsmouth loanee was again called into action with time running out, keeping Arthur Read's effort out to preserve City's lead, and ensure they held on for all three points. 

STEVENAGE: Christy Pym (GK), Scott Cuthbert (c), Jake Taylor, Charlie Carter (Arthur Read 73’), Zain Westbrooke, Bruno Andrade, Terence Vancooten, Ed Upson (Elliott List 30’), Luke O'Neill, Bailey Clements, Michael Bostwick (booked 66’, Chris Lines 67’). SUBS (not used): Laurie Walker, Luther James-Wildin, Luke Prosser, Jamie Reid.

CITY: Alex Bass (GK); Luke Hendrie, Paudie O’Connor (c), Yann Songo’o, Liam Ridehalgh (Matthew Foulds 45’); Elliot Watt (booked 77’), Levi Sutton, Matty Daly; Jamie Walker (Alex Gilliead 73’), Andy Cook (Tom Elliott 79’), Nathan Delfouneso. SUBS (not used): Richard O’Donnell (GK), Oscar Threlkeld, Callum Cooke, Theo Robinson.

GOALS: Jamie Walker (54’). 

REFEREE: Gavin Ward.

ATTENDANCE: 1,953 (332 City supporters). 

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