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Preview: Barrow v Bradford City

30 October 2020

A photo of The Progression Solicitors Stadium Mark Fletcher (MI News & Sport)
The Progression Solicitors Stadium

We take a closer look at the action to come this weekend with a full and in-depth preview of Bradford City's visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

Barrow v Bradford City
Saturday 31st October 2020, 3pm
The Progression Solicitors Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Bradford City arrive in Cumbria this weekend looking to get back to their best form after suffering back-to-back losses in League Two.

The Bantams re-appointed Stuart McCall as boss in February, the former Scotland international returning to Yorkshire to take charge of The Bantams for a third time.

They began the new season with just one defeat in their first five league outings but were beaten 3-0 at home by Newport County last weekend and lost out 1-0 at Bolton Wanderers in midweek.

Relegated from League One in 2019, City will be hoping that they can quickly get back on the right path and begin climbing up the table to challenge for a place in the top seven.

One To Watch
Midfield star Elliot Ward arrived at The Utilita Energy Stadium during the summer, when he agreed a switch from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 20-year-old got some League Two experience under his belt with a loan spell at Carlisle United last term and has made a positive start to life with The Bantams.

A Scotland Under-21 international, Ward scored his first City goal in their 2-2 draw at Forest Green Rovers in September and needs to be watched closely in this weekend’s game.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 48th competitive meeting between the two clubs and City have the edge historically having won 31 times in comparison to Barrow’s 13 wins.

It’s the first time that Barrow and Bradford have met in a competitive fixture since April 1970 when they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.

The first meeting came in the FA Cup during the 1905/06 season in a tie which City eventually won 3-2.

Ben Speedie will take charge of this weekend’s game between Barrow and Bradford City at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

He was promoted alongside The Bluebirds in to the EFL for the start of the 2020/21 campaign and has so far overseen seven games at the higher level.

Speedie was referee in three Barrow fixture last season – he saw us beat Maidenhead United and Barnet before watching as we drew with AFC Fylde on Boxing Day when he sent off Josh Kay.

Barrow have been installed as 6/4 favourites for three points this weekend, with The Bantams made a 17/10 shot for victory and the draw priced up at 9/4 with Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at Sky Bet’s range of odds on Saturday’s action.

Live Streaming
Match Passes to watch Saturday’s game live on iFollow Barrow are now available – Season Ticket holders will have been emailed a unique code in order to gain free access to the stream.

You can buy a Match Pass to watch the action now priced at £10, while oversea supporters pay £7.

Click here now to buy your Match Pass for Saturday.

Live Commentary
We will also provide an audio commentary of Saturday’s game when we link up with BBC Radio Cumbria who will describe all the action as it unfolds.

You can purchase an Audio Match Pass for £2.50, an Audio Monthly Pass for £4.49 or sign-up for Audio Season Pass which provides all live commentary and video news for just £45.

Click here now to subscribe to iFollow Barrow.

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Match Reports

Brown Fires Bluebirds To Victory

31 October 2020

A photo of Connor Brown celebrating his goal against Bradford City Chris Donnelly (MI News & Sport)
Connor Brown celebrates his goal against Bradford City

Barrow enjoyed a second consecutive League Two victory as Connor Brown’s first half goal was enough to see Bradford City beaten at The Progression Solicitors Stadium.

While Tuesday’s win at Mansfield was all about attractive football, The Bluebirds showed another side to their game against The Bantams, grinding out their first home league win of the campaign.

Brown’s second goal for the Club midway through the second half proved the decisive moment, while City were reduced to ten men just before the break when Levi Sutton was shown a red card.

David Dunn made one change to his side as Josh Kay – ruled out after being tested positive for COVID-19 – was replaced in the starting line-up by eventual hero, Brown.

After a hugely scrappy start, a slick move from Barrow lead to the opening goal. Luke James nipped in between two defenders in the area to feed Jason Taylor, who slalomed along the edge of the box to find Connor Brown and the wing-back took a touch before sending a low drive right in to the bottom corner of the net for 1-0.

Mike Jones went searching for a second moment later when he found enough room twenty-five yards out to let fly but his wind-assisted drive flew wide of the post.

Patrick Brough could have grabbed his second goal of the week when he met Jones’ delightful free-kick in from the right but the defender put too much on his header and it looped over.

Dior Angus was next to try his luck as The Bluebirds continued to dominate; the front man stormed through the inside-right channel before unleashing a powerful shot which was pushed round the post by City keeper Richard O’Donnell.

Barrow came ever closer from resultant corner when Jones’ swirling corner found Sam Hird at the far post and his downward header was cleared off the line by a Bantams defender.

Bradford’s task became more difficult eight minutes before the break when Levi Sutton’s mistimed lunge on Jason Taylor saw referee Ben Speedie produce a straight red card.

The visitors looked a little more dangerous at the start of the second half but had the best early opening when Matt Platt nodded a free-kick back across goal to Angus whose glancing header just lacked the power to beat O’Donnell.

Bradford had their first shot in anger on the hour-mark when Clayton Donaldson wrestled himself in to a shooting position on the right corner of the area but then dragged his left foot effort wide of the front post.

Angus then had a brilliant opportunity to make it 2-0 on the counter-attack when Brough’s incisive ball out of defence sent the Bluebirds front man away but, after outpacing the City defence, he couldn’t quite beat keeper O’Donnell who did well to spread himself to block the shot.

Substitute Dylan Mottley-Henry found enough space to have a go from range at the other end but Joel Dixon got his body right behind the effort.

City couldn’t really make any inroads against a resolute and determined Barrow backline and Dunn’s side held on for their first league clean sheet and consecutive victories in the Football League since April 1972.

Full Time: Barrow 1 Bradford City 0

Barrow: Dixon, Barry, Hird, Platt, Brough, Brown, M Jones, J Taylor, Biggins (C Taylor 73), James, Angus (Reid 73).
Subs not used: Moloney, Zouma, Wilson, Sea.

Booked: C Taylor.

Bradford City: O’Donnell, Hosannah, P O’Connor, A O’Connor, Cooke, Donaldson, Samuels (Mottley-Henry 63), Staunton, Sutton, Wood, Cousin-Dawson (Watt 73).
Subs no used: Hornby, Richards-Everton, Pritchard, French, Clarke.

Booked: Cousin-Dawson, Staunton.

Sent-off: Sutton.

Referee: Ben Speedie

Attendance: Behind Closed Doors

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