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4 April 2023

Match Reports


4 April 2023

Bradford City Women secured a second-straight victory to lift them out of the FA Women's National League North relegation zone, triumphing 1-0 over Hull City. 

Sandra Martins' second goal in as many games secured the points for the Bantams in the opening half, at Bradford (Park Avenue)'s Horsfall Community Stadium. 

The home side came into the game with confidence after a five-star performance in Merseyside against bottom team Merseyrail last weekend.

Only one change was made in the starting line-up for City, against an outfit six places higher than them, as Chynna Harris replaced Danni Trickett.

There was no real action in the opening 15 minutes. Supporters were enjoying the West Yorkshire sun as well as young fans coming down to show their support, creating a lively atmosphere throughout the game.

With just one defeat in their last five, the Tigresses started the game showing their quality in the middle of the park. The ball was heavily featured down the left-hand side with Hope Knight proving a threat to the City backline.

It was the Bantams, however, who broke the deadlock shortly before the half-hour mark, as Martins notched in back-to-back outings. 

Hull, with a high defensive line, were exploited by the offensive players of the hosts as Martins found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper to tuck home and send her side in at half-time ahead.

Soon after the restart, the home side went close to doubling their advantage through Arrianne Parnham who bagged a hat-trick against Merseyrail.

Parnham picked up a loose ball outside the box and found herself through on goal with only the goalkeeper, though some pressure from a recovering defender saw the 'keeper force a save. 

The visitors came close to equalising through a shot that struck the post from Rachael Ackroyd, before the Bantams recovered to scramble clear. 

Hull were causing problems for the City defence, as they went in search of a leveller towards the game's end. Several set-pieces saw shots sent over the bar, not troubling Tiffany Whelan in goal, before Katie Thompson’s long-range free-kick hit the top of the crossbar as the hour mark passed.

The second 45 minutes saw the ball largely possessed by the visiting side, who did all they could to take something from the game, though the Bantams held on for another vital three points. 

Next up for Bradford City Women is another crucial home fixture against York City, who had lost to league leaders Durham Cestria an hour previous, to ensure City's victory took them above the Minsterbelles in the table. 

CITY: Whelan (GK), Jakeman, Norde, Woodcock, Harris, Ramsden, Stube, Davies (Markey 65’), Stuart, Parnham, Martins. Subs: Kirkham, Watkins, Jacobs, Allman, Markey. 

HULL: Wallace (GK), Brierley (Smith), Dawson (Oxley 59’), Jackman, Watters, Tanser, Thompson, Ackroyd, Knight, Pollack, Lynskey. 

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