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10 October 2023

Match Reports


10 October 2023

The Bantams got their EFL Trophy campaign off to a triumphant start, winning 2-1 at Grimsby Town. 

Two first-half goals in quick succession, one for either team, led the sides into the break all square, before Emmanuel Osadebe's solo strike just after the restart saw City take all three points in Northern Group F. 

The first chance of the game went the way of City, who again started with a high intensity. Daniel Oyegoke found Osadebe just inside the box but his shot rolled wide.

Not long after, the Bantams took the lead through Ciarán Kelly. Ash Taylor nodded down a Kevin McDonald ball into the box right into the path of Kelly, who made no mistake when tapping the ball into the back of the net for his first goal in claret and amber. 

City did not have their lead long, as just moments later Rekeil Pyke got on the end of a good ball into the box and gave Colin Doyle no chance with his finish at the near post.

Tyler Smith looked lively for the visitors, and went close in the 36th minute after latching onto an inch-perfect ball over the top by Richie Smallwood, but his shot was into the side netting at the near post.

A good chance then came for the home side with five minutes left of the half. A powerful effort by Pyke again was parried away by Colin Doyle, making his second debut for the club, and City were able to clear.

It did not take City long to get going in the second half, as just three minutes into it, Osadebe scored his first goal in a City shirt, with a stunning, solo, would-be winner.

The midfielder embarked on an enterprising run into the area, playing a neat one-two with Bobby Pointon before powering past two Grimsby defenders and arrowing an effort into the bottom corner. 

Full of confidence, City continued to play some neat football. Smith was looking for a goal, and saw a low shot saved by Harvey Cartwright in the Grimsby net.

The action was not finished as in stoppage time, a melee ensued from a Harvey Rodgers challenge on Chisom Afoka. Osadebe's evening was not done, as he rushed in to defend his teammate, earning himself a red card while Rodgers was booked. 

City held out for the victory, which lifts them to second place in Northern Group F ahead of their visit of Manchester City Under-21s on October 31. 

CITY: Colin Doyle, Ash Taylor, Richie Smallwood (C), Emmanuel Osadebe, Tyler Smith (Matty Platt 78’), Ciarán Kelly, Daniel Oyegoke (Brad Halliday 27’), Bobby Pointon (Adam Wilson 78’), Kevin McDonald (Freddy Jeffreys 78’), Lewis Richards (Alex Gilliead 73’), Chisom Afoka. SUBS NOT USED: Heath Richardson, Matt Derbyshire.

GOALS: Kelly (16’), Osadebe (48’). 

GRIMSBY: Harvey Cartwirght, Michee Efete, Harvey Rodgers, Rekeil Pyke, Abo Eisa (Cameron Gardner 62’), Gavan Holohan, Arthur Gnahoua, Alex Hunt, Jamie Bramwell, Niall Maher (C), Kamil Conteh (Jamie Andrews 62’). SUBS NOT USED: Jake Eastwood, Luke Waterfall, Danny Rose.

GOAL: Pyke (18’). 

ATTENDANCE: 747 (with 181 travelling City supporters).

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