Bradford City 1 v 3 Yeovil Town (Skybet League One)
A hectic start to the season with nine games in just twenty-seven days looked to have taken it’s toll on everyone at the Coral Windows Stadium.
Damp dismal conditions set the tone for the afternoon at Valley Parade which lacked atmosphere as the visitors Yeovil Town claimed all three points.
City had the first effort on goal after just four minutes when Gary Liddle sent in a cross from the left which was met by Billy Clarke, but the striker’s header from around the penalty spot went well over the Yeovil crossbar.
Leitch-Smith then went close on six minutes, when he hit a half-volley from a tight angle, but his effort sailed harmlessly into the stand behind Jordan Pickford’s goal. However two minutes later Yeovil took the lead when Aaron Martin headed home a Sam Foley corner to Yeovil a 1-0 lead.
Yeovil continued to put pressure on the City defence and just four minutes after the goal Leitch-Smith went close to doubling their lead as he fired in a low angled drive that trickled across the goal and narrowly past Pickford’s far post.
On twenty-three minutes, Yeovil double their lead through Aaron Martin again as the central defender climbed highest to power a header into the bottom corner of Pickford’s goal from a Foley free-kick to give Yeovil a 2-0 lead.
On twenty-six minutes, Jordan Pickford start a move with a long kick that was flicked on by a Jason Hanson, his header found Billy Clarke behind the Yeovil defence, but just as Clarke was about to shot Joe Edwards made a superb recovery tackle to concede a corner.
Alan Sheehan took the resulting corner, which found Rory McArdle unmarked six yards out but his bullet header left Chris Weale in the Yeovil goal with no chance as Bradford pulled the score back to 2-1.
Yeovil then hit the Bantams on the counter-attack after thirty-one minutes, when Kevin Dawson played Edwards into shooting position just inside City’s penalty area, but the midfielder’s low angled drive was well held by Pickford at the second attempt, to leave the half-time score 2-1.
Yeovil had a couple of early chances in the second half, the first fell to Nathan Smith just two minutes after the restart but his low angled drive from just inside the box, went across the goal and narrowly wide of Pickford’s far post.
The second effort fell to Sam Foley on fifty-two minutes but his twenty yard shot went wide of Jordan Pickford’s goal.
On sixty-two minutes a Stephen Darby long throw was cleared back to Darby who headed the ball back into the area, as the ball flow across the six yard box James Hanson managed to get his head on the ball but his header went wide of Chris Weale goal.
Billy Clarke then went close on sixty-nine minutes as he fired a shot just over the Yeovil crossbar following an excellent lay-off from James Hanson just outside the area.
Ajay Leitch-Smith ended the game as a contest on seventy-three minutes when he struck an emphatic drive from just inside the City penalty area following an excellent cut back from Jack Price to make the score 3-1 to Yeovil Town.
City’s final chance of the game came on eighty-eight minutes when Alan Sheehan’s half-cleared free-kick dropped into the path of Billy Knott just outside the Yeovil area. However the midfielders effort at goal went narrowly over Weale’s bar.
Speaking after the match manager Phil Parkinson said, “We were well below the standards we’ve set so far this season. Conceding the two goals in the manner we did gave Yeovil a huge lift, we got one back but we just didn’t have the energy or the spark in our play today.
It was a shame because we’ve had a terrific start, but our decision-making on the ball was a bit ponderous and we weren’t sharp enough in possession. It was just a game too far with the run we’ve had, even the lads that were rested on Tuesday lacked sharpness.”
Bradford City – Pickford, Darby, McArdle, Sheehan, Meredith, Kennedy, Liddle, Clarke, Hanson, Bennett, Knott (Subs) Dolan, McLean, Williams, Yeates, Routis, McBurnie, Wright
Yeovil Town – Weale, Smith, Sokolik, Edwards, Martin, Foley, Dawson, Nugent, Price, Leitch-Smith, Hayter (Subs) Krysiak, Moore, Ofori-Twumasi, Ralph, Grant, Brooks
Goals – (Bradford City) McArdle (26) (Yeovil) Martin (8,23), Leitch-Smith (72)
Attendance – 12,601