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REPORT: Bradford City 1-1 Grimsby Town

Last-minute equaliser earns Mariners a point

8 February 2020

An added-time equaliser earned Grimsby Town a valuable away point at Bradford City.

After an uneventful first half, the game came to life after the break and the hosts thought they had won it when Callum Coooke broke the deadlock with 10 minutes to go.

But the Mariners, who had battled well all afternoon, refused to be beaten and got their leveller through Luke Hendrie.

One change was made to the Town side after last week's home draw with Forest Green Rovers, as Luke Waterfall returned to the starting line-up in place of Ludvig Ohman.

James McKeown started in goal, with Hendrie, Mattie Pollock, Waterfall and Anthony Glennon forming the defence.

Harry Clifton, Elliott Whitehouse and Josh Benson were the midfielders, while James Hanson and Billy Clarke were both back to face their former club as they joined Charles Vernam in attack.

Ohman was given a place on the bench, alongside Sam Russell, Matt Green, James Tilley, Elliott Hewitt and deadline day signings Bradley Garmston and Elliot Grandin.

Bradford were under new management after club legend Stuart McCall returned in midweek.

He would be looking to stop a recent poor run of form which had brought the Bantams just three wins from their previous 15 games.

Hendrie conceded the first corner of the game on three minutes but the ball from the flag was comfortably headed clear by Glennon at the near post.

Another home corner came when a shot by Dylan Connolly was blocked by Glennon and it turned into a third, which was caught by McKeown.

Connolly fired over the bar from 20 yards on eight minutes, before Whitehouse tried his luck from distance in what was Town's first shot but he too missed the target.

After the hosts dominated the early stages, the Mariners were beginning to have spells of pressure of their own by the quarter-hour.

They nearly had a chance when a long ball forward from McKeown found Hanson but he was not able to get it under control enough to seriously trouble home keeper Richard O'Donnell.

A cross from the Bradford left on 23 minutes was deflected behind for a corner but the kick was cleared, before the return ball into the box found Clayton Donaldson in an offside position.

A cross from Adam Henley on the right was headed out by Waterfall for another corner and this time, it was caught by McKeown.

Jake Reeves blasted an effort over the bar from 25 yards after good hold-up play by Lee Novak as the hosts continued to attack.

And with Town struggling to keep the ball and deal with the strong wind, it was Bradford who kept the pressure on, although McKeown remained untested as half-time loomed.

Vernam hit a shot which deflected through to O'Donnell as the Mariners launched a rare attack on 44 minutes, before Donnelly hit the side-netting at the other end as he tried to keep a cross in play.

One additional minute was played at the end of the half and with no further opportunities for either side, the game remained goalless at the break.

No changes were made before the restart and after a Grimsby attack broke down, a quick break led to a Bradford corner on the right on 48 minutes. Centre-back Ben Richards-Everton headed over the bar frrom it.

A foul on winger Harry Pritchard gave the hosts a free kick on the left and it led to another one in a more central position soon afterwards. This time, Reeves stepped up to shoot but sent the ball just past the near post.

Whitehouse was fouled by Reeves at the other end to give Town a free kick in a dangerous position but Vernam's drilled shot went through to O'Donnell.

The game was moving from end to end at pace and an opportunity for Bradford came on he hour when a low ball was played into the box from the right but Donaldson could only turn it out for a goal kick at the near post.

Grandin was sent on for his Mariners debut in place of Clifton as the visitors made the first substitution on 63 minutes.

Vernam went on a run two minutes later but after getting into the box, he was unable to square the ball to Hanson and a good challenge brought the attack to an end.

Clarke was shown the yellow card for a foul on Connolly, before Bradford's first change saw Kurtis Guthrie replace Donaldson in attack.

Town won a corner on the left on 73 minutes but the ball from it was headed clear.

Tilley replaced Clarke in Grimsby's second change, before Dylan Mottley-Henry was sent on in place of Connolly as the hosts followed suit.

A low cross into the box by Mottley-Henry was well-defended, then Reeves was booked for a foul on Whitehouse as Town looked to break.

The Mariners fell behind with 10 minutes to go as the hosts finally made the breakthrough. Mottley-Heenry played the ball back to COOKE and he let fly from 20 yards and found the far corner of the net. The Town players, led by McKeown, launched protests but to no avail.

Green replaced Whitehouse and Hope Akpan came on for Pritchard as both sides made their last change with five minutess to go.

A low ball into the box proved just too far aheead of Green as Town looked for a way back into the game.

A home corner was caught by McKeown, before a shot from Vernam went just wide as Green narrowly failed to get a touch on it.

Four added minutes was signalled and in the second of them, the Mariners had their equaliser. A run down the right by Vernam led to him playing the ball across and HENDRIE was in the right place to slam it into the net at the far post.

The goal silenced the home supporters but sent the 2,545 travelling Town fans into raptures and they had one last chance to win it when Grandin was fouled on the edge of the box. The ball was swung in but was twice cleared off the line and the contest ended all-square.

Town are next in action on Tuesday, when they travel to Colchester United.


City: O’Donnell, Richards-Everton, O’Connor, Pritchard, Reeves, Novak, Donaldson (c), Connolly, Henley, Wood, Cooke 

Subs: McGee, O’Connor, McCartan,  Middleton, Akpan, Guthrie, Mottley-Henry.

Town: McKeown (c), Hendrie, Waterfall, Pollock, Glennon, Whitehouse, Clifton, Benson, Vernam, Hanson, Clarke.

Subs: Russell, Garmston, Öhman, Tilley, Hewitt, Grandin, Green. 


Referee: Stephen Martin


Attendance: 17,668 (2,545)

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🚌Travelling To Bradford? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Your essential guide to Bradford City . . .

7 February 2020

What’s the ticket information?

This is an ALL TICKET fixture – no tickets will be available at the ground on the day.

Tickets are for allocated seating so please go to seat that is displayed on your ticket. This avoids delays for all.

How do I get to the ground?

Post code for the ground is BD8 7DY

Exit the M62 at junction 26 for the M606 to Bradford. At the end of the road use the right-hand lane and take the Right Road East, signposted A6177 – City Centre.  From here the stadium is well signposted with the usual football image.

Where is the best place to park?

There is a small car park on Midland Road, near the away end which charges a nominal fee. As this is on the main road that passes the stadium it will take a short while to leave after the game.

Otherwise it's street parking or in one of the car parks in the city centre which is about a 20-minute walk, uphill, to the stadium.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

The stadium is served by two train stations and which one you use depends on your matchday requirements.

If you want a beer in the town centre beforehand then you want the Bradford Interchange from Leeds.  This is quite a walk however the Police Liaison Team will help with taxi’s if you would rather that then do the steep uphill walk to the ground.

Alternatively, Bradford Forster Square from Leeds is only 10 minutes from the ground but takes you to the retail park rather than a pub.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

There are two pubs that I have been made aware of who will welcome away fans.  The Queens Pub is just outside the Interchange station.  As stated, Police Liaison Officers (in blue bibs) can arrange taxi’s if you want one.  It’s usually a £5-£6 fare from the pub.

The Bradford Arms on Manningham Lane, has a beer garden and is literally near the ground if you don’t fancy the trek.

Food available in the area?

The Forster Square Retail park has a McDonalds and there are a number of fast food outlets near the Bradford Arms on Manningham Lane.

When do turnstiles open?

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm.  Please ensure that you look to enter the stadium via the correct turnstiles for the ticket that you have to avoid any delays.

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

The nearest cash machine is on Manningham Road services or the Canal Road service station. These may charge for cash withdrawals.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags into the stadium?

Flags will be allowed providing the club have enough space on seats, this maybe a little tricky having nearly sold our full allocation.  Please speak to a nearby steward for advice.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

The usual hot/cold food and drinks items will be available on the concourse of both stands.  A quick reminder that the Mama Mia stand will be serving alcohol but the TL Dallas stand is strictly ALCOHOL-FREE.

Other points to note

The Utilita Stadium is strictly no smoking, which includes the use of vapes and other similar products.  Anybody found to be smoking will be ejecting immediately – the club has a zero-tolerance policy on this across the whole stadium.

Please have a safe journey.

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