Bradford District Cup – Last 16
Bradford United 2-3 Gomersal & Cleckheaton
2nd round of the Bradford District Cup. A trophy we won last season. But not to be this. The game itself started at a ferocious pace. Gomersal showed their intentions early; direct, 50/50s & set pieces. We couldn’t cope early & it was Gomersal who took the lead, a cheap free kick which Gomersal scored; fair play, great free kick. In fairness, we never got started until that.
The cries from the dugout were to be patient & try to play football. The one time this happened in the first half Juwara twinkle toed his way into the opposition box making no mistake when got close enough. Nothing more to add as both teams went toe to toe but little clear cut chances.
Simple message at HT, show abit of character & bravery. The first 30 minutes of the half we did this and it was all Bradford. Brad found space in the wing back areas, played in Umar who slotted with his left foot. With Gomersal now pushing on, we were presented the chance to finish the game from another lighting counter attack but Juwara hit the bar.
Fine margins as within 5-10 minutes of this; Gomersal found themselves 3-2 up. Firstly, from the corner 2 uncontested headers saw them level. Secondly, a simple long ball from the keeper saw another uncontested flick on where the Gomersal winger latched onto & smashed it home. From then onwards, Gomersal sat back & we threw the kitchen sink at it & had 2/3 big chances to level. We didn’t take them & that showed the level we’re at. Very fine margins.
Can’t be hard on anyone today, everyone gave more than 100%. It just wasn’t to be. We’ll bounce back. All good team do.
Ousainey Juwara ⚽️
Umar Ali ⚽️
Fabio Intumbo 🌟
BRADFORD UNITED 2- 3 WAKEFIELD THORNESIANS
Bradford United looking to go unbeaten for the 7th game and progress in the Cup. Wakefield started on the front foot and scored early from a corner. After the initial lethargic 10 minutes, the boys fought back to get the equaliser, with rooney smashing home from a long clearance from ricardo. Bradford United continued to dominate the rest the half and created 5 clear chances but weren’t able to put them away.
Second half started in the same manner as the first half, which saw Wakefield score 2 quick goals from 2 freekicks. A real wake up call for the lads. We pushed hard to try and get back in the game. With 15 minutes remaining, we got our second goal through Rooney, once again finishing smartly after a cleaver through ball from muj. The come back wasn’t to be as Wakefield finished the match as Well deserved winners.