Bradford City 1 v 1 Aldershot Town (NPower League 2)
Bradford City were the dominant side all afternoon, but couldn’t produce a goal until substitute Alan Connell coolly scored from the spot 7 minutes into injury time.
The Bantams had most of the possession and created a number of chances in the first-half, but for James Young in the Aldershot goal, Bradford could have gone in at the interval two or three goals in front.
Zavon Hines was the first player to test Young in the Aldershot goal, the winger cleverly found time & space at the edge of the box, before hitting a low hard shot that Young did well to turn away for a corner.
Aldershot’s Jamies young Saves from Gary Jone (30 yard shot)
Gary Jones was next to test Young, who had to be at his very best to keep out a thunderous 30-yard effort from the Bradford skipper; Jamie Young’s acrobatic save was by far the best save of the day.
Further efforts on the Aldershot goal came from Nahki Wells and two headers from Michael Nelson and James Hanson, which went narrowly wide of the target.
However, for all of the home sides dominance, it was Aldershot who took the lead, as Kieron Cadogan’s free-kick beat everyone and curled into the bottom corner to give the visitors a half-time lead at the interval.
Kieron Cadogan Scores for Aldershot Town
The second half was more of the same with Bradford controlling the game without finding the net, although Aldershot debutant Paul McCallum put an effort wide from close range after he’d latched onto a fizzing low cross from Cadogan ten minutes after the restart.
Phil Parkinson made changes on the hour, bringing on Kyel Reid and Garry Thompson from the bench, as City began to lay siege on the Aldershot goal as the second half progressed.
By the time Connell had made an appearance from the bench twelve minutes before the end, City had moved to a 3-4-1-2 formation, it was virtually constant one-way traffic towards Aldershot’s goal.
Referee Richard Clark indicated eight minutes of injury time, partly due to second half injuries to Aldershot ‘keeper Jamie Young and skipper Ben Herd, both of whom had to be replaced.
Over seven of those eight minutes had passed, when Zavon Hines was tripped by Shots defender Terrell Forbes and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Alan Connell stepped up and coolly slotted ball passed substitute goalkeeper Glenn Morris to bring the game level.
Alan Connell Scores from the spot
Phil Parkinson’s men now hit the road, with two long trips to Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City in the space of one week, as they looking to continue their push for the play-offs.
Bradford City – McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Nelson, McHugh, Hines, Jones, Ravenhill, Wells, Hanson, Atkinson (Subs) Duke, Davies, Reid, Gray, Connell, Thompson, Doyle
Aldershot Town – Young, Herd, A Morris, Vincenti, Risser, McCallum, Forbes, Reid, Bradley, Cadogan, Rose (Subs) G Morris, Lancashire, Mekki, Stanley, Hall, Goulding, Ainsworth
Goals – (Bradford City) Connell (90+7p), (Aldershot) Cadogan (45+1)
Attendance – 10,397