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Match Report: Barrow 3-2 Bradford City

6 August 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: Barrow 3-2 Bradford City

6 August 2022

Barrow made it two wins from two, with a last gasp victory against Mark Hughes' Bradford City at the SO Legal Stadium.

The first half wasn’t a classic, with no real clear cut chances for Barrow or Bradford City.

George Ray was forced off in the 13th minute, after he appeared to injure his ankle whilst blocking Lee Angol’s cross. Chelsea loanee Sam McClelland came on as Ray’s replacement.

Barrow’s closest chance of the half came in the 30th minute, when Josh Gordon couldn’t quite get on the end of Ben Whitfield’s whipped free kick.

The second half bore more action, and Barrow came close to breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute, when Billy Waters broke clear and fizzed a ball across the box to Ben Whitfield, who ended up a whisker away from putting The Bluebirds in front.

Whitfield was the man to finally end the stalemate, when he brought down a Patrick Brough header inside the Bradford half, skipped through the visitors’ defence and drove the ball into the bottom left corner.

The Bluebirds’ lead didn’t last long, though, as Jake Young found space on the left to curl a shot goalwards, crossing the line as it bounced down off the underside of the bar.

Pete Wild’s side came close to restoring their lead when Josh Gordon saw the Bradford goalkeeper off his line and curled a shot goalwards from the touchline, which ended up grazing over the bar.

It was temporary jubilation for the 3,392 home fans, as Barrow regained the lead in the 85th minute. Sam McClelland played a ball towards goal from a Ben Whitfield corner and Josh Kay was on the line to slide it into the back of the net and send Pete Wild’s side back into the ascendancy.

Bradford City equalised again, though, and Andy Cook sunk the hearts of the Holker Street faithful, when he equalised in the 5th minute of stoppage time.

However, Josh Gordon showed he wasn’t going home with anything less than three points when he converted from Ben Whitfield’s cross in the 96th minute, unsinking the Barrow hearts and sending the SO Legal Stadium back into euphoria.

Full Time: Barrow 3-2 Bradford City

Attendance: 4,012

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