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13 December 2023

Match Reports


13 December 2023

Bradford City Women suffered a frustrating defeat on Sunday afternoon, losing 4-1 at home to Barnsley.

Separated by only three points in the league going into the match, hopes were high that the sixth-placed Bantams could move level with their fifth-placed opponents on points, heading into the Christmas break.

There was an extra buzz of excitement around the Horsfall Community Stadium, as City announced new signing Rebecca Hunt from Wakefield AFC shortly before kick-off - manager Emily Senior’s third recruit after goalkeeper Laura Wilson had also made the same move during the prior week, and Sharone Buckle from Huddersfield.

Straight into the starting line-up, Hunt was involved early on in the match, picking the ball up in midfield and spraying it out towards City’s wide players in Summer Paley and skipper Monika Stube.

Mia Jacobs, starting through the middle, was lively early on and nearly found her way through in the ninth minute after being released by midfielder Kanisha Underdown, but the pass had a little too much fizz and Barnsley were able to clear.

City sustained pressure on Barnsley, with the away side initially struggling to break through the Bantams defensive line. That changed with just under 20 minutes played, as Tiffany Whelan was forced to rush off her line and clear the ball before Barnsley’s No.9 could pounce, having been played straight through.

Unfortunately for the home side, this was a warning sign of things to come. Five minutes after being played through the first time, Barnsley’s No.9 broke through again and hammered low to Whelan’s right to give Barnsley a 1-0 lead.

City were suddenly swarmed by the Barnsley forwards, with a series of corners for the away side, having gone ahead. It was from one such corner that Barnsley found their second of the match.

With the ball having been cleared by Bantams midfielder Underdown, Barnsley won it back and worked it to their No.10, who managed to take the ball around the City ‘keeper and slot the ball into the net for a 2-0 lead.

City ended the first half with chances of their own, notably a curling shot from Stube from the left-hand side that was well saved, but ultimately went into the break two goals down at home, needing an improvement in the second half.

With both sides unchanged after the break, City tried to ramp up pressure on Barnsley’s goal.

A series of free-kicks were awarded to the Bantams around the edge of the area after some rash challenges from Barnsley’s defenders, and they nearly found their opener through Stube, bending one over the wall but unable to beat the Barnsley No.1.

City manager Emily Senior tried to switch things up midway through the second half, replacing full-back Imogen Hayhurst with Maria McKenna to give the home side some fresh legs, but Barnsley were 3-0 up shortly afterwards.

A fourth was added for the away side with only 10 minutes remaining, Barnsley’s right forward rifling a shot into the top-right corner from the right-hand side.

City supporters were given two reasons to cheer late on, the first of which being Laura Wilson making a cameo debut for the final five minutes in goal.

Then, as full-time approached, City found their breakthrough to get themselves on the scoresheet.

Forward Mia Jacobs produced a tidy finish across the Barnsley ‘keeper having been played through down the right hand side, as the game ended 4-1. 

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