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Bradford beat City under the lights

By Bradley Saxton | 25th January 2022
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LNER Community Stadium
Tuesday 25th Jan - 19:45

The Minstermen suffered back-to-back defeats in the National League North after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bradford (Park Avenue).

Goals from Adam Nowakowski, Dylan Mottley-Henry and Nicky Clee secured a comfortable victory for the visitors, who secured back-to-back victories in the league.

City suffered their first defeat in five games at the weekend at the hands of Kidderminster Harriers and interim-manager John Askey was hoping for better things from his side ahead of kick off.

Askey was hoping his side could bounce back from defeat at Kidderminster and he made two changes to the starting eleven ahead of kick off. Matty Brown and Paddy McLaughlin came in to replace Maxim Kouogun and Michael Woods.

The visitors came into this fixture off the back of Saturday’s 2-1 win over Kettering Town in the National League, their first win 3 games and they were hoping to record another victory as they looked to move further away from the relegation zone.

The visitors had only won once away from home all season, a 2-1 win back at Darlington in September, but manager Mark Bower named a strong side ahead of kick-off which featured former Minstermen Oli Johnson in attack, whilst fellow forward Rob Guilfoyle was named in the bench. 

The home side started well in the first ten minutes at the LNER Community Stadium and went close to opening the scoring early on through Scott Barrow, but his fierce right-footed drive from the edge of the area was well blocked by a Bradford defender. 

Clayton Donaldson connected with a long-throw in by Jack McKay, but no-one was at the back-post to meet the ball after 20 minutes, before Donaldson fired a left-footed effort straight at the keeper from close-range minutes later. 

Remy Longdon had a left-footed curling effort headed away from danger by a Bradford defender, before Olly Dyson saw a strike from distance travel inches wide of George Sykes-Kenworthy’s right-hand post. 

After struggling to get a foothold in the game, the away side broke the deadlock with their first chance of the game. Peter Jameson reacted quick to save an original effort with his legs, but Nowakowski smashed home the rebound from close-range to give his side the lead. 

It got better four minutes later for Bradford as they doubled their lead on the counter-attack. After being played in one-on-one with Jameson, Mottley-Henry calmly slotted the ball past the City shot-stopper into the bottom-right corner to give Bradford a comfortable 2-0 lead. 

City went in search of a way back into the game early into the second-half and went close through Michael Duckworth’s long-range effort, but it was easily held by Sykes-Kenworthy, before Dyson saw an effort narrowly go over the bar from a tight angle. 

Dyson had a header easily saved from close-range, before Sykes-Kenworthy pulled off a brilliant save to deny Donaldson, diving low to his right to tip an effort out for a corner. 

The Minstermen carried on searching for a way back into the game, but it looked like it wasn’t going to be their night. Newton tried his luck from range with twenty minutes to go, but his effort didn’t trouble the Bradford keeper. 

York were punished for not taking their chances and found themselves 3-0 down with eight minutes to go. Frankie Maguire squared the ball centrally for substitute Clee, who curled an effort high into the top-right corner beyond Jameson. 

City were well beaten as the visitors collected all three points, with defeat leaving the Minstermen 14th in the National League North table. 

Askey’s side will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they welcome league leaders Gateshead to the LNER Community Stadium in the National League North (3pm kick-off). 


York City: Jameson (GK), Duckworth, Brown, Newton (C), Barrow, Dyson, McLaughlin, Hancox, Donaldson, Longdon, McKay (Willoughby 65’)

Unused Subs: Kouogun, Haase, Potts, Campbell 

Goals: N/A


Bradford (Park Avenue): Sykes-Kenworthy (GK), Mark, Hinds, Maguire, Havern (C), Toulson, Mottley-Henry, Richman, Dockerty (Knight 62’), Johnson (Guilfoyle 90’), Nowakowski (Clee 71’)

Unused Subs: Hall, Rawson

Goals: Nowakowski (27’), Mottley-Henry (31’), Clee (82’)


Attendance: 2,759 

Referee: Richard Holmes

Waitrose & Partner’s Man of the Match: Olly Dyson

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