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Preview: Bradford City v Barrow

17 September 2021

A photograph of Bradford City's stadium Richard Lee (Rex)
The Utilita Energy Stadium is home to Bradford City

Take a look at everything you need to know ahead of the weekend with our full and in-depth preview of our trip to The Utilita Energy Stadium.

Bradford City v Barrow
Saturday 18th September 2021, 3pm
The Utilita Energy Stadium
Sky Bet League Two

In Opposition
Bradford City will be aiming to end a run of three games without defeat when they host The Bluebirds at The Utilita Energy Stadium this weekend.

The Bantams won three in a row through August to move second in the League Two table but subsequent defeats at Leyton Orient and at Salford City last time out seen them drop a few places.

Derek Adams’ men are still well placed though and will fancy their chances of putting together another strong run of form as they prepare for four of their next six league outings to be played on their own patch.

One To Watch
Former Barrow forward Andy Cook has made an excellent start to the new campaign for Bradford City and has already struck four league goals during the early part of 2021/22.

The 30-year-old helped himself to a hat-trick in City’s brilliant 4-1 victory over Stevenage before scoring a dramatic late winner in their 3-2 triumph at Mansfield Town.

Head To Head
Saturday’s contest will be the 53rd meeting in competitive action, dating back to an FA Cup tie in the 1904/05 campaign when The Bluebirds were in the Lancashire Combination and lost 3-2.

Last term both games went with home advantage as The Bantams gained revenge with a 2-1 win on home soil in January after Connor Brown’s first half goal has consigned them to defeat in Cumbria three months earlier.

Referee
Tom Reeves will take charge of his first Barrow game of the new campaign this weekend when he’s on the whistle for our trip to Bradford City.

The last time he oversaw The Bluebirds came back in January 2019 when he sent off Lee Molyneux during our goalless draw at Chesterfield in the National League.

Reeves was promoted to the EFL’s list of referees during the summer and has presided over five games so far, the most recent being Crawley Town’s 2-1 win over Carlisle United last weekend.

Tickets
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available to buy from The Dunes Hotel Stadium until 1.30pm on Friday.

Fans are advised that there will be no tickets available at Bradford on the day of the game, so you are urged not to travel if you do not have one.

Click here for all the information you need on tickets for the game.

Live Streaming
We are unable to live stream games on iFollow in the UK on Saturday afternoons, though Bluebirds fans outside of the country can still access live footage on iFollow.

Click here now to visit the Harrogate Town Match Centre.

Live Commentary
We will be providing live online audio commentary from every game this season as we continue our link-up with BBC Radio Cumbria.

Fans will be able to listen to expert Bluebirds commentator Adam Johnson, who will be joined by Mark Boyd for full coverage of Saturday’s game at The Utilita Energy Stadium.

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.

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Betting
Bradford City have been installed as 10/11 favourites for three points this weekend, with Barrow installed as a 12/5 shot and the draw priced up at odds of 14/5 with our friends at Sky Bet.

Click here now to take a look at a full list of markets ahead of Saturday’s game.

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Match Reports

Battling Bluebirds Claim Away Point

18 September 2021

A photograph of Barrow's Josh Kay scoring at Bradford City Will Matthews (MI News & Sport)
Josh Kay scores for Barrow at Bradford City

Barrow emerged with a hugely creditable point from an absorbing encounter at The Utilita Energy Stadium as they drew 1-1 with Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Cooper’s depleted squad gave absolutely everything during an entertaining affair which could have gone either way but Josh Kay’s brilliant opener was cancelled out by Charles Vernam as the sides shared the spoils.

The Bluebirds began the game on the front foot and Kay had the first effort inside two minutes but volleyed too high, while Josh Gordon also saw a shot blocked after good running from Offrande Zanzala.

Patrick Brough then sent an inviting cross into the penalty area from the left which Zanzala got on the end of but the front man could only cushion a volley over the bar.

Charles Vernam hit back with a shot dragged wide at the other end but Zanzala came close again on 13 minutes when this time he met a Brough cross with his head but the glancing contact saw the ball flash wide of the far post.

The pressure paid off midway through the first half when Kay again got into a pocket of space on the edge of the area and then struck a precise low drive which got past keeper Richard O’Donnell and went in off the left-hand post.

The setback seemed to spur City into action and Vernam struck wide moments later, though Paul Farman looked to have had the effort covered.

The host really ramped up the pressure as the half moved towards a conclusion, with Elliot Watt coming close with an effort which went wide and Vernam again curling just wide after running on to a Watt through ball.

Barrow came out strongly at the start of the second period and Gordon struck a low effort on goal which needed dealing with by O’Donnell who did well to deflect it away.

City’s fans did their best to drive their team on by turning the volume up and Vernam almost responded by grabbing the leveller after a fantastic solo run but his low shot was gathered by Farman at the second attempt.

Just before the hour, Derek Adams’ men were level. Gareth Evans found space on the right and hung up a testing cross to the far post where danger man Vernam arrived right on cue to head past Farman to make it 1-1.

Kay came mightily close to doubling his tally and restoring The Bluebirds’ lead on 62 minutes when he was allowed to advance towards the edge of the box and let fly but his deflected shot spun just the wrong side of the post.

City could have gone in front for the first time when Callum Cooke sized up a free kick from 22 yards but, having curled it around the wall, saw it fall into the side netting with Farman across well to cover.

George Williams came off the bench and was straight into the action over a long-range free kick but he couldn’t get the dip on it to trouble O’Donnell and it went into the crowd behind the goal.

Barrow were thankful to Kay for some defensive work on 87 minutes when Vernam scampered clear on goal only for the Bluebirds man to slide in with a crucial challenge to put him off as he lined up the shot and it bobbled wide of the post.

City felt they had a decent claim for a penalty when Oscar Threlkeld went to ground in the area but the referee was well placed and chose to book the Bradford man for simulation.

The hosts continued to press through injury time but Barrow defended with unrelenting determination to ensure they left West Yorkshire with a share of the points.

Full Time: Bradford City 1 Barrow 1

Bradford City: O’Donnell, Threlkeld, Ridehalgh, O’Connor, Cooke, Cook (Robinson 84), Gilliead, Vernam, Kelleher, Evans (Lavery 84), Watt.
Subs not used: Hornby, Songo’o, Sutton, Crankshaw, Cousin-Dawson.

Booked: Watt, Threlkeld.

Barrow: Farman, Hutton, Arthur, Taylor, Brough, Kay, Gotts (Williams 71), Banks, Stevens, Zanzala (Sea 70), Gordon.
Subs not used: Lillis, Moloney, Grayson, White.

Booked: Kay, Gotts, Gordon, Stevens.

Referee: Tom Reeves

Attendance: 15,403 (568 Barrow)

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Ticket Information: Bradford City (A)

16 September 2021

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