Guiseley AFC 0 v 3 Bradford City (Pre-Season Friendly)
Bradford City arrived at Nethermoor Park to face Guiseley in the first of six pre-season friendly matches over the next three weeks, including two game in Ireland and two home friendlies against Blackburn Rovers and Hartlepool United.
City had a number of new face on show including new signings Billy Knott, Billy Clarke, Matthew Dolan, Alan Sheehan and Gary Liddle, as well as a number of trialists including Ben Alnwick, Richard Bryan, Angelo Balenta, Nick Arnold and Callum Ball, there was also three members of the youth team in Sam Wright, Niall Heaton and Lewis Clarkson.
Bradford started the game well and played some controlled football in the opening ten minutes, which lead to Lewis Clarkson’s first opportunity when he ran through clear on goal only to be denied by the Guiseley goalkeeper Steve Drench diving out at his feet.
On twelve minutes, Lewis Clarkson opened the scoring for City when he turned the ball home from around eight yards after Jason Kennedy had hooked a far post cross back into the middle.
City doubled their lead on twenty-six minutes when Man of the Match Matthew Dolan curled an excellent free-kick into the left hand side of the goal to make it 2-0. As the half went on Sam Wright got more involved making some key passes and tackles at both ends of the pitch.
Two minutes from half-time Lewis Clarkson grabbed his second and City’s third goal when Jason Kennedy again teed up the striker from a cross to give him the time and space to fire past Drench from close range to give Bradford a 3-0 lead.
Phil Parkinson changed all eleven players for the start of the second half, the changes seamed to improve City’s performance as they had a lot more of the ball and created a number of excellent chances to extend the lead.
Mark Yeates and Billy Clarke controlled the possession in the second half whilst making some excellent passes to create some City chances. However it was Billy Knott who went close to adding to the scoring with a Cantona style chip from the edge of the Guiseley area, which forced Drench into an outstanding finger tip save.
The final City chance of the game fell to trialists Callum Ball following an excellent run and cross from Billy Clarke, but Ball’s bullet header hit the Guiseley crossbar with Drench well beaten.
Parkinson now takes the squad away on a pre-season tour of Ireland were they will take on UCD on Tuesday evening, before a game against Shelbourne on Saturday afternoon before flying back to the UK straight after the game.
Speaking after the match manager Phil Parkinson said: “There was a lot of good to come from both halves really. I know we got the goals in the first half but we probably created the better chances in the second period. We’ve hit the bar and got on the end of some other good opportunities so, all in all, I have to be pleased with our day’s work.
The new lads we have brought in over the summer Matty Dolan, Gary Liddle, Billy Clarke, Billy Knott and Alan Sheehan are all good technical players and I think you could see that today.
It was also nice to see some of our younger players on show. Sam Wright from our youth team came into the side as a late call-up, I felt he came in and showed a good work ethic in the first half.
Lewis Clarkson getting his two goals was a nice bonus as well, today will probably have been the first time our fans will have had the chance to see him. The one thing you can see about Lewis quite quickly is that if you give him a chance, he will usually score.”
Guiseley AFC -Drench, Roberts, Parker, Stockdill, Hill, Lowe, Brooksby, Boshell, Boyes, Forrest, Rothery (Subs) Williams, Holdsworth, Ellis, Lawlor, Toulson, Dickinson, Johnson, Porritt, Lee, Harrison, Ible
Bradford City – Alnwick, Darby, Meredith, Davies, Bryan, Dolan, Kennedy, Balenta, Hanson, Clarkson, Wright (Subs) McLaughlin, Sheehan, Liddle, Clarke, De Vita, Yeates, Knott, Arnold, Ball, McArdle, Heaton
Goals – (Bradford City) Clarkson (12, 43), Dolan (26)
Attendance – 1,781