Salford City vs Bradford City Match Report

Bradford City were well beaten this afternoon after being brushed aside by Salford City at the Peninsula Stadium 

Bradford City manager Stuart McCall was forced into making three changes ahead of today’s game, Callum Cooke, Reece Staunton, and Billy Clarke were replaced by Austin Samuels, Harry Pritchard, and Ben Richards-Everton. 

The Home side Salford City made four changes to the team who lost last time out 2-0 to Bolton Wanderers.

It was the home side who took the lead early on into the game on the stroke of seven minutes. Bruno Andrade’s strike was parried by Richard O’Donnell and Luke Burgess tapped home for the opener. 

The hosts doubled their lead with a chipped through to advancing defender Tom Clarke who squared it for Ian Henderson to tap home the second. It easily could have been three but for a big save from Richard O’Donnell to deny Bruno Andrade. 

O’Donnell made another big save to deny Salford again. A point blank header looked to be in but the skipper clawed the ball away. Straight after City had a chance Clayton Donaldson tested Salford City keeper Vaclav Hladky who parried the ball to Austin Samuels and his shot hit the post. 

Then straight after that Ian Henderson burst through the City backline and faced a one on one with O’Donnell but his chipped shot was a yard wide.

But on the stroke of half-time the game seemed done and dusted after a brilliant solo goal from Luke Burgess ran from the halfway line, the Bradford defence who stood off him and allowed him to strike in the third. 

During half-time City made three changes with Dylan Mottley-Henry, Levi Sutton and youngster Kian Scales coming onto the field for Ben Richards-Everton, Gareth Evans and Harry Pritchard. 

City desperately tried to get back into the game but crosses and set pieces were either too short or straight down the throat of Salford keeper Hdlaky. 

Salford continued in pursuit of more goals firstly Andrade and Ashley Hunter linked up again but Hunters shot was saved by Richard O’Donnell at his near post then from a corner Paudie O’Connor had to clear acrobatically off his line to deny Salford a fourth. 

Bradford City’s defensive frailties continue to haunt the Bantams whereas Salford look like a promotion contender this season. 

 Written by Matthew Ward


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