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MATCH REPORT: Bradford City 1-1 Swindon Town

Late drama in Yorkshire as Jephcott nets late penalty to earn Town a valuable point…

25 October 2022

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MATCH REPORT: Bradford City 1-1 Swindon Town

Late drama in Yorkshire as Jephcott nets late penalty to earn Town a valuable point…

25 October 2022

Super sub Luke Jephcott came on to notch a late leveler for Town as they earned a hard-fought point against fellow promotion-chasers Bradford City at The University of Bradford Stadium.

There was a slightly different look to the Swindon side with three changes made from the weekend win over Hartlepool United.

Scott Lindsey gave starting berths to Ellis Iandolo, Ciaran Brennan and Ricky Aguiar as he looked to shuffle the pack amidst a packed fixture schedule.

It took ten minutes for the games first opportunity in a University of Bradford Stadium that certainly wasn’t short of noise, and it went to Town as they started brightly.

Great play from Ben Gladwin on the left saw him breeze past his marker and play a fantastic through ball with the outside of his foot looking for Jacob Wakeling, but City keeper Harry Lewis was out quickly to beat him to the ball.

Then, just two minutes later, good interchange play between Jonny Williams and Remeao Hutton saw the latter deliver another one of his trademark crosses, which was met by the head of Ricky Aguiar, but his effort lacked power and was easily collected by Lewis.

With the home fans frustrated and the volume rising, we then saw a break in play on 17-minutes following a collision between Frazer Blake-Tracy and Dion Pereira which left the Town left-back with a nasty head injury, forcing Lindsey into an early change as he made way for Tyrese Shade.

Shortly after, the hosts created their first chance of the game, with Tyreik Wright taking control of the ball and driving one from distance that forced Sol Brynn to tip it over the bar.

Dion Pereira then looked to follow suit a minute later trying the same from slightly closer range, but sent his shot high and wide.

On 26-minutes Bradford carved out the best chance of the tie, as Harry Chapman gathered on the edge of the area with time and space, and drove a low right-footed shot narrowly wide of Brynn’s right post with the goalkeeper scrambling across his goal, and it looked close.

The home side were growing into the game and the chances continued to follow, with Chapman shooting narrowly wide for a second time as we reached the half hour mark.

Then the breakthrough for Mark Hughes’ side a minute later, as Tyreik Wright was sent clear inside the area by Dion Pereira, and from a narrow angle on the left, drilled the ball low past Brynn and into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

The hosts looked to apply more pressure and create further chances with Pereira looking to double his sides lead, but he sent a close range header over the bar from a dangerous cross from the left.

Town responded on 41-minutes with a chance of their own, as Jacob Wakeling capitalised on a lose Bradford ball in the centre of the park.

He drove forward towards goal alongside Ben Gladwin, with the midfielder taking control and shooting low at goal, but it lacked power and Lewis collected.

A minute later, Ricky Aguiar was teed up by Saidou Khan on the edge of the Bradford box, but he could only send his shot over the bar.

That was it for the first forty-five with Bradford leading at the interval.

Five minutes had passed in the second period when Town looked to force an equaliser, with a probing run from Ellis Iandolo setting Wakeling clear inside the box, but his low effort from a tight angle was well saved by the feet of Harry Lewis.

Three minutes later Town threatened again, with the hard-working Wakeling winning back possession on the right, laying it across to Ricky Aguiar who in turn found Williams in the box, but the Welshman’s shot was well blocked by the recovering Brad Halliday.

A minute later it was Wakeling’s turn to go close, as he dribbled powerfully towards goal before unleashing a low left-footed drive, but it just evaded the left post.

It was end to end stuff at Valley Parade, as Harry Chapman tried the audacious with a volley from a corner on 57-minutes that sailed through a sea of players but into the hands of Brynn.

Thirty seconds later, Jacob Wakeling tried his luck again, stinging the fingertips of Harry Lewis.

Just before the hour mark, Sol Brynn was forced to be alert as a cut back on the left found Dion Pereira in the box, and the Boro-loanee did well to claw the ball to safety, with Tom Clayton blocking the follow-up.

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Scott Lindsey looked to change things up with Ricky Aguiar making way for Ronan Darcy in central midfield, and Town went on to create their best chance of the game shortly after.

A defence-splitting pass from Ben Gladwin set Hutton free on the right, and his drilled low across was missed by the diving Lewis but somehow scrambled over the bar a yard from the goal line by Matty Platt with Wakeling looking certain to net.

On 72-minutes, Tyrese Shade went in search of the equalising goal, as he leapt above his marker in the box to meet a Hutton cross from the right, but Lewis caught well.

On 76-minutes Luke Jephcott entered the action in place of Jonny Williams, with former Robin Ryan East coming on for The Bantams shortly after.

Ten minutes later City sub Lee Angol produced a moment of class as he controlled a long ball just outside the area, took on Tom Clayton and shot low from a tight angle, but Brynn had his near post covered and gathered well.

Then the late drama as referee Jeremy Simpson awarded a penalty for Town right on 90-minutes, adjudging a Bradford hand to have blocked Ellis Iandolo’s attempted cross from the left.

Substitute Luke Jephcott stepped up and had his spot-kick saved by Harry Lewis down low to his right, but was on hand to smash home the rebound to level the tie.

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Bradford almost had the final say though, as Bantams captain Richard Smallwood struck a curling free-kick from just outside the box on 95-minutes that sailed inches wide of the mark.

But Town held firm to claim a hard-fought point on the road against one of their fellow promotion chasers, with Mansfield on the horizon.

MATCH INFORMATION:

Bradford City Line-up: 4-2-3-1

1. Harry Lewis (GK) – 14. Matthew Foulds, 5. Matthew Platt, 2. Brad Halliday, 24. Romoney Crichlow, 32. Tyreik Wright, 11. Alex Gilliead, 6. Richard Smallwood ©, 20. Harry Chapman (7. Lee Angol 71mins), 26. Dion Pereira (16. Ryan East 82mins), 9. Andy Cook (19. Vadaine Oliver 71mins).

Subs not used: 13. Colin Doyle (GK) – 4. Yann Songo’o, 12. Scott Banks, 23. Kian Harratt, 19. Vadaine Oliver.

Scorers: Wright 31

Yellow Cards: None

Red Cards: None

Swindon Town Line-up: 4-3-3

1. Sol Brynn (GK) – 4. Tom Clayton, 34. Ciaran Brennan, 20. Frazer Blake-Tracy (28. Tyrese Shade 20mins), 2. Remeao Hutton, 17. Ricky Aguiar (10. Ronan Darcy 63mins), 7. Ben Gladwin ©, 23. Saidou Khan, 3. Ellis Iandolo, 24. Jacob Wakeling, 8. Jonny Williams (15. Luke Jephcott 76mins).

Subs not used: 25. Conor Brann (GK) – 6. Mathieu Baudry, 5. Louis Reed, 33. Morgan Roberts.

Scorers: Jephcott 90+2

Yellow Cards: 3. Iandolo 34mins

Red Cards: None

Referee: Jeremy Simpson

Assistant Referees: Daniel Leach & Mark Stevens

Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson

Attendance: 16,728 (357 Town fans)

 


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