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16 March 2022

Match Reports


16 March 2022

City’s under-19s secured top spot in the EFL Youth Alliance North East division with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Yorkshire neighbours Harrogate Town. 

The young Bantams netted two goals in the first-half and three in the second to earn a convincing victory at Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Horsfall Community Stadium.

The win means Martin Drury's side are now guaranteed to finish top of the table at the end of the regular season, having opened up a five-point gap over Grimsby Town with one game remaining. 

The campaign and subsequent league winners will however be decided by a play-off round of fixtures.

City will face off against the sides which finish the term in second, third, fourth and fifth - who will each play one another - with whoever sitting top after the round of games being crowned champions.

It was the home side who broke the deadlock on Tuesday afternoon with 10 minutes on the clock.

After the Sulphurites defence failed to clear the ball away from danger, Freddy Jeffreys won it back and slotted into an empty net with the goalkeeper way off his line.

Drury’s team doubled their advantage with just over half an hour played when, despite Cole Roberts’ effort hitting the post and Jack Wilson’s shot being denied by the goalkeeper, Bobby Pointon was on hand to strike the ball into the back of the net.

The Bantams came back out after the interval in similar form, making it three with just under an hour played.

Roberts’ original effort was pushed out by Harvey Giles, allowing the the ball to fall for Wilson who lashed the ball home.

City added another when Louie Chorlton received the ball on the right-hand side before bending his effort from the edge of the 18-yard box into the top corner of the net.

The home side then put the icing on the cake to round off an impressive afternoon's work with just a couple of minutes remaining.

Keke Jeffers’ cross from the right-hand side was headed in by fellow substitute Ian Kamga to finish the job, as the Bantams romped to their 13th league win out of 17 this season.

The result means City are guaranteed to finish the regular season at least two points clear of second-placed Grimsby, after the two sides played out a goalless draw at BPA last Friday. 

City's final contest of the campaign will see Mansfield Town visit West Yorkshire this Friday (March 18, 3.00pm), while Grimsby entertain bottom side Huddersfield Town 24 hours later. 

The 'mini-league' will then see Drury's boys take on the Mariners, Lincoln City, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers to decide who will earn the crown, with full details on these fixtures to be confirmed in due course. 

CITY: Harry Ambler (GK); Louie Chorlton (Ian Kamga 80’), Harvey Rowe ©, Noah Wadsworth, Oliver Norman (Nathan Tinsdale 65’); Sam Bentley, Freddy Jeffreys, Bobby Pointon (Raekealan Jeffers 86’), Jack Wilson; Dylan Youmbi (Olivier Sukiennicki 50’), Cole Roberts. SUBS (not used): Yahaya Tunkara.

GOALS: Freddy Jeffreys (10’), Bobby Pointon (32’), Jack Wilson (58’), Louie Chorlton (70’), Ian Kamga (88’).

HARROGATE: Harvey Giles (GK); Joel Barker, James Birmingham, Tom Liddll, Bobby Attree ©; Mason Wilson, Brad Williams, George Horbury, Emmanuel Hesnami; Joe Dixon, Finn O’Boyle.

GOALS: None.

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