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Bencherif goal beats the Bantams

By Ian Appleyard | 14th July 2018
Match Result
York City Logo
York City
1
Bradford City Logo
Bradford City
0
Bootham Crescent
Saturday 14th Jul - 13:00

Hamza Bencherif scored his first goal in a York City shirt to secure a 1-0 win over League One side Bradford City in today's pre-season friendly at Bootham Crescent.

Bencherif, who has yet to score in 65 competitive games for the Minstermen, found the net with a half-volley on the hour mark at a corner.

Striker Jordan Burrow had nearly opened the scoring just before the interval but his far-post header from a Sean Newton corner was tipped onto the bar by goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell.

City produced a solid display against their higher level opponents and kept a first clean sheet in three pre-season games.

Goalkeeper Adam Bartlett was only required to make one serious save - when he dived to push over a powerful shot from the edge of the area by Bradford winger Sherwin Seedorf.

Fit-again rightback Kallum Griffiths made his first appearance for City and delivered an impressive 45 minute display.

However, City were without a trio of centrebacks due to injuries - Daniel Parslow (toe), Tom Allan (knee), and Josh Rogerson (foot) and Clovis Kamdjo was not involved - so Newton switched from leftback to play in the centre of defence alongside Bencherif.

Summer signings Burrow and Jake Wright started the game in attack and last season's leading marksman Jon Parkin was rested to the bench.

Bradford's starting XI included five summer signings - Richard O'Donnell, Josh Wright, Anthony O'Connor, Hope Akpan, and Seedorf and a trialist winger. They made eleven substitutions in the second period but were still unable to break City's resistance.

Substitute Macaulay Langstaff played 21 minutes in the second half before coming off as a precaution following a head injury.

York City: Bartlett (Whitley 61); Griffiths (Law HT), Bencherif, Newton, Ferguson; York (Steels 74), Penn, Heslop, Moke (Kempster HT); Burrow (Parkin 60), Wright (Langstaff 60, Thompson 81). Unused substitute: Shepherd.

Bradford City: O'Donnell (Trialist B HT); Devine (Staunton 80), O'Connor (Isherwood 67), Kilgallon (Knight-Percival 54), Chicksen (Wood 67); Trialist A (Peters 67), Wright (Powell 67), Hudson (Trialist C 56), Seedorf (Gunner 61), Akpan (Bruenker 61), Gibson (Patrick 54). Unused substitute: Hefele.

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 818

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