Guiseley AFC v Bradford City

Guiseley AFC 0 v 4 Bradford City (Pre-Season Friendly)

Bradford City started pre-season with a 4-0 victory at Guiseley’s Nethermoor ground, in soaring temperatures, Phil Parkinson used the whole squad selecting a different team in each half.

New signing Jason Kennedy featured in midfield along side Nathan Doyle, whilst a number of trialists also featured including John Paul McGovern, Vincent Acapandie, Rafa De Vita and former Burnley Goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

The first half proved to be fairly even, with both sides playing some good attractive football on an excellent surface.  It was Bradford who took the lead on fifteen minutes, when Kyel Reid crossed from the left for Alan Connell to flick home a header past Steve Drench in the Giuseley goal.


Brian Jensen in the Bradford goal was called upon to make two saves from Craig Hobson, the first of which left Hobson down for about 2 minutes after Jensen came off his line to block a shot.  In the second save, after Jensen had dived at Hobson’s feet, the forward left his foot in and caught Jensen on his head.


At half time, Phil Parkinson made eight changes including Vincent Acapandie, Raf De Vita, Gary Thompson and Nahki Wells who all made a difference in the second half.

Gary Thompson and Raf De Vita made some excellent crosses and runs down the flanks whilst Nahki Wells provided to be a handful up front along side Andy Gray, Vincent Acapandie looked more than comfortable in the right back position.


On seventy three minutes, City grabbed a second goal when Nahki Wells raced onto a Gary Thompson header before turning away from two Guiseley defenders Sam Neil and Ash Townsend to score from twelve yards.


The only disappointing part of the day came on seventy five minutes, when Andy Gray had a nasty fall following a headed challenge.  The striker looks to have broken his arm and is set to miss the pre-season tour of Ireland.


Despite being down to ten men Bradford scored a third goal, when Nahki Wells crossed from the right the ball was parried by Steve Drench in the Guiseley goal, however Ricky Ravenhill was on hand to tap in from six yards.


Trialist Raf De Vita crowned off an excellent display on eighty four minutes, when he hit a fierce twenty five yard shoot that left Drench in Guiseley goal rooted to the spot, as the ball hit the back of the net.


Manager Phil Parkinson said after the game “I thought we dealt well with the temperatures overall and played some good stuff.  We’ve managed to pick up a convincing win against a good side.  All in all, apart from Andy Gray’s injury, it has been a good day for us.”

Match Details

Guiseley AFC – Drench, Parkinson, Meynell, Rea, Ellis, Ible, Burns, Holdsworth, Hobson, Marsh, Rothery (Subs) Bower, Brooksby, Lawlor, Neill, Burgess, Giles, Townsend, Porritt, Johnson, Dale

Bradford City – Jensen, Darby, Swain, Nelson, McHugh, McGovern, Doyle, Kennedy, Reid, Hanson, Connell  (Subs) McLaughlin, Acapandie, McArdle, Meredith, Ravenhill, De Vita, Thompson, Gray, Wells, Stockdill, Heaton

Goals – (Bradford City) Connell (15), Wells (73), Ravenhill (79) De Vita (84)


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