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13 September 2022

Match Reports


13 September 2022

City secured their third-consecutive victory in all competitions, as an Andy Cook double saw them triumph 2-1 over Tranmere Rovers. 

A goal in each half from Cook, taking his tally for the season up to nine in eight starts, secured all three points in a game where both sides paid tribute to Her Majesty, The Queen. 

City started the game on top and, after Dion Pereira’s deflected shot bounced behind for a corner, the Bantams’ skipper Richie Smallwood’s set-piece perfectly found former-Rover Cook’s head.

City’s top goal-scorer directed his header off the crossbar and into Ross Doohan’s net to give the Bantams the perfect-possible start just after three minutes.

The visitors maintained their early momentum as Cook had another opportunity moments later. Harry Chapman’s through ball found the No.9, whose first touch allowed him to turn his marker, but the Rovers’ No.1 was quick to save his side.

The hosts threatened towards the latter stages of the first half. Elliott Nevitt’s shot forced a block from Romoney Crichlow and a succession of corners was dealt with by City's No.1, Harry Lewis.

Strong defensive work from the visitors nullified Tranmere’s attacks late in the opening period, and Mark Hughes’ side went into the break in the lead.

However, Tranmere started the second half as they ended the first and, this time, punished the Bantams, equalising shortly after the restart.

Neat build-up play between Paul Lewis and Elliott Nevitt found Kane Hemmings free in space just inside the box. The Rovers captain had time to curl an effort past Lewis to tie the scores.

City’s confidence grew into a close second half, after the initial shock of conceding, and was aided by the introductions of Tyreik Wright and Levi Sutton.

And, moments later, the Bantams made their patient play count, as Cook doubled his goal tally for the day.

Good play on the left-hand side between Chapman and Matty Foulds, on his first league start of the season, saw a cross stood up to the far post where Cook waited.

In front of close to 1,000 travelling fans, the frontman powered his header past Doohan to send the travelling faithful into raptures.

Hughes’ side ended the game in full control. Second-half substitute Wright had his low, driven shot saved by the Rovers stopper, and Chapman’s audacious effort from a tight angle was deflected marginally over.

Bantams well-fought display meant they travelled back to West Yorkshire with their second-consecutive away win.

CITY: Harry Lewis, Brad Halliday, Matty Platt, Richie Smallwood, Andy Cook (Vadaine Oliver 88’), Alex Gilliead, Matty Foulds, Harry Chapman, Jake Young (Tyreik Wright 68’), Romoney Crichlow (booked 48’, Yann Songo’o 88’), Dion Pereira (Levi Sutton 68’). SUBS (not used): Colin Doyle, Timi Odusina, Levi Sutton, Kian Harratt. 

GOALS: Cook (3’, 75’). 

TRANMERE: Ross Doohan, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Ethan Bristow, Lee O’Connor, Reece McAlear (booked 84’), Kane Hemmings (C) (booked 63’), Jordan Turnbull, Neill Byrne (booked 53’), Elliot Nevitt (Paul Glatzel 71’, Jake Burton 85’), Paul Lewis (Josh Hawkes 83’), Dynel Simeu. SUBS (not used): Mateusz Hewult, Chris Merrie, Ben Hockenhull, Rhys Hughes. 

GOALS: Hemmings (75’). 

ATTENDANCE: 5,864 (985 City supporters). 

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