Bradford City 0-1 Harrogate Town Match Report — Harrogate Informer
An early strike from Matty Daly was enough to earn Town victory against Bradford City in the first round of the FA Cup this afternoon.
Town took the game by the scruff of the neck in the early stages to earn their advantage with the win, just rewards for a fantastic all-round team performance.
It was a welcome return to the Town starting line-up for Joe Mattock, who had missed the last couple of games through injury. He replaced Rory McArdle at the heart of the defence.
For the hosts, Mark Hughes also made a change from last time with Lee Angol coming into attack in place of top scorer Andy Cook.
Town came out full of intent and purpose, the striker’s energy causing difficult moments for the hosts’ back line.
And it was no surprise that they took the lead on nine minutes. A raking ball from Alex Pattison found Jack Muldoon, who cut in to beat his man and deliver a pull-back to Daly who side-footed home to the right of Harry Lewis.
After 13 minutes, Jaheim Headley went into the book for obstructing Lee Angol.
Falling behind sparked a lift into the Bantams and after 15 minutes Tyreik Wright had a free-header from the penalty spot but directed his effort well wide and Pete Jameson comfortably saw the ball sail wide.
Wright had another opportunity in the 18th minute when he cut in from the right and curled a shot just wide of Jameson’s goal.
Wright was at the heart of every attacking threat the hosts mustered and halfway through the opening 45 minutes he drove forward and left fly with a thundering low strike which Jameson did well to get a faint touch on and deflect behind for a corner. .
The home team also forced a couple of corners and they built up the pressure on the Town goal. Mattock then went into the book for bringing back Lee Angol, with the Bantams advancing towards the City penalty area.
Ten minutes before the break, Town should have doubled their lead. Danny Grant timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and receive the through ball from Alex Pattison. However, he hesitated at an unfortunate time and eventually shot well wide.
Goalscorer Daly had a good chance at half-time, but he volleyed wide.
With the crowd voicing their displeasure at half-time, Bantams boss Mark Hughes provided a boost when Andy Cook replaced Harry Chapman at the start of the second half.
However, Town came out looking to build on their first half performance and a neat team move freed Headley down the left on the overlap and his effort on goal was deflected wide.
A marauding return from Grant then saw the Town forward hacked down by Brad Halliday, who became the third name to get in the book on the day.
Headley’s presence on the left proved to be an effective outlet for Town and he was beaten by Halliday to deliver a ball to Muldoon on the edge of the area, with the Town striker hitting the target well but seeing his effort cleared for a corner. .
The home side had been quiet for the first twenty minutes of the second half but got a spark when Cook broke forward and released Dion Pereira, but the Bantams forward cut wide.
However, the home crowd were noticeably more vocal now and received a further boost when Simon Weaver went into the referee’s book for something said to the fourth official.
Hughes made a triple change on 65 minutes with Ryan East, Scott Banks and Abo Eisa coming on for Angol, Pereira and Wright.
The move paid almost immediate dividends as Town found themselves outnumbered and desperate
defense cleared the lines from a goalmouth scramble.
Substitute Banker had a run and shot from the edge of the area that failed to test Jameson, but the noise level in the stadium rose in anticipation of an equaliser.
Burrell was then at full stretch to turn away a shot from captain Richie Smallwood as the pressure began to mount.
With five minutes remaining the Bantams played their last card as Vadaine Oliver entered the game in place of Alex Gilliead.
Simon Weaver then made it a double as the game went into injury time with Josh Austerfield and Josh Coley replacing Muldoon and Pattison.
The hosts continued to push for an equalizer but solid defending from the entire Town defense preserved the lead and earned a famous FA Cup victory.
Bradford City: Lewis, Halliday, Platt, Smallwood, Angol (East, 65), Gilliead (Oliver, 85), Foulds, Chapman (Cook, 45), Crichlow, Pereira (Banks, 65), Wright (Eisa, 65).
Subs: Doyle, Songo’o, Odusina, Sutton.
Booked: Halliday (52)
TOWN: Jameson, Ramsay, Burrell, Mattock, Headley, Fakingham, Pattison (Austeefield, 90), Daly, Muldoon (Coley, 90), Grant, Armstrong.
Subs: Oxley, Ferguson, Welch-Hayes, Folarin, Horbury, Frost.
Goals: Daly (9)
Booked: Headley (13), Mattock (33), Weaver (63)
Referee: Martin Coy.