Bradford were in action all over Yorkshire this weekend. The ladies side were the only team to win this weekend which is a fantastic achievement for them as they register their first win of the season.
First Team Ladies
The game began with quite a scrappy midfield battle with both teams trying to work the other out. Bradford started to get on top and quickly created good chances for Amanda, Millie, Fiona and Emma before Amanda finally managed to put one past the keeper. Right at the end of the half Phil made a miracle save on the line from a short corner. The second half began in the same frantic way and stayed like that for the majority. Tadcaster where pushing for the equaliser and put Bradford under a lot of pressure with a number of short corners. The ladies remained solid and always looked dangerous on the break, the game could have been put out of Tadcasters reach if it was not for a very good save from Millie’s flick. Bradford dug in and saw the last few minutes out to gain a well deserved win and continue the undefeated start to the season.
Player of the match Millie G
First Team Men
Bradford 1’s went to play Leeds Adel this weekend with confidence after a good away win the week before. Unfortunately, things got off to a rocky start with a mistake at the back which gave Adel a quick lead. Before Bradford could settle into the game Adel put more pressure on and doubled their lead. Bradford battled through the rest of the half and got their rewards with an Adam Ashton goal from a corner to give some hope, but Adel struck back immediately before HT. Straight after HT Adel scored again to make it 4-1. Two goals in the 10 minutes after HT from Adam and Jordan pulled it back to 4-3 with the game swinging back in Bradford’s favour as they went on top until 10 minutes from the end when Adel scored two slick counter-attacking goals and a final goal in the last minute to leave the final score at Adel 7-3 Bradford.
Player of the match Thomas Doyle
Second Team Men
Courtesy fo Warren Doyle Saturday 17 October Acomb 4-1 Bradford An afternoon in the sunshine and a score line that flatters Acomb but deserved winners and no complaints from Bradford – all in all with 12 players in total and 3 players 15 years and under, today can be considered a real step in the right direction for the season ahead.
Bradford started slowly and seemed well off the pace as Acomb played fast flowing hockey in the first 10 minutes leading to several PCs and scoring from one of them. You could see their physical intent as they liked to ‘whack’ the ball. However Bradford settled and started to gain possession and territory and through Carts in the middle started supported by Reggie and Harpin out wide started to create problems for Acomb and neat play nearly saw Ben Chapman turning in a cheeky reverse stick volley only to see the Acomb keeper push the ball away. Manny, Joseph and Haman settled and grew in confidence against the more experienced players in the opposition and soon Bradford started to frustrate Acomb allowing Nick to link up nicely and thread balls through to Harpin to create a PC opportunity that was converted into a well deserved goal.
Bob in goal was outstanding and Russ Roberts rolled back the years alongside the ever youthful Backhouse and JC in repelling countless attacks. Acomb added 3 more goals, one a disputed PF from an alleged foot off Reggie, the video evidence inconclusive although it does indicate the ball was lifted and may have come off Reggie’s hand?!?! Reggie’s response was hilarious and rightly earned him TOTW TBH I think Reggie would have got TOTW regardless of his reaction (looking at the footage you actually played well)
MOTM went to Harman who grew in confidence during the game and was superb, second was Bob, joint third was Carts and Joseph.
The three supporters were happy and we all thanked Del for his superb umpiring again. That’s two 10s from me this season so far Del Cheers for a great afternoon of hockey watching gents.
Third Team Men
Bradford started this game strongly pressing high up the pitch and causing Harrogate a lot of problems, the pressure told as Keiran, Nick and Martin combined for a lovey goal, Harrogate where left to the odd counter attack which where felt with comfortably by the defence. Just before the break Martin and Nick combined again with a well worked short corner with the junior Wright tipping in at the back post.
Unfortunately the second half was a different story, Harrogate committed players forward and pinned Bradford back, this resulted in a run of short corners which eventually led to a flick after captain Blanchfield “accidentally” cleared the ball off the line with his foot. Richard on his debut in goal for the club stood up and saved the flick. Unfortunately this didn’t change the momentum of the half with Harrogate still pushing forward helped at times by Bradford’s passing game been slightly off, all 3 Harrogate goals came in a 10 minutes period all coming from short corners or the resulting scramble. With 5 minutes remaining Bradford had a few half chances but couldn’t test the Harrogate keeper again.
Player of the match Richard Cullen
The Development team came away with little reward from a visit to play the stronger of Ben Rhydding’s two Development sides, despite a solid all round performance. A final result of 4-0 to the home side did not reflect a competitive game played in a good spirit with some excellent skills on show and good work from both sides in building play through stages on the pitch.
Ben Rhydding started strongly and picked up an early goal from a short corner. As the game settled, Bradford began to find their feet, moving the ball well down the left hand wing, where Eeshan, Lilia and Romany were proving a very effective combination. Ben Rhydding have a couple of very strong ball carriers and distributors, and Bradford were finding it difficult to restrict the opposition entering the D, despite strong work from Eeshan and Tim at the back and Isaac at centre half. A smart turn and finish to the corner from a Ben Rhydding player took the lead to two. Bradford’s work moving the ball forward through new inside forward pairing of Tobias and Harrison was working well, though finding a way past a tall adult defender was proving tricky. When Bradford were able to work round the defence, our shots needed to be a little stronger to fully test the Ben Rhydding keeper. The first half ended at 3-0 after a tidy finish from Ben Rhydding at another short corner.
Bradford’s play in the second half was stronger and more joined up, with the ball being moved forward more quickly and making better use of the width of the pitch, creating openings for Joseph, Harrison, Ben and Romany, all testing the Rhydding keeper. Bradford came within inches of pulling a goal back midway through the half, with the ball narrowly wide of the post from Romany’s tip in. Bradford’s midfield worked tirelessly throughout, with Zora, Bhavan and Lilia all putting in strong performances at half back, and Manny and the tireless Tobias pushing the team forward from the inside forward positions. At the back, Thomas continued to restrict opportunities for the Ben Rhydding forwards, making strong clearances with his feet on a number of occasions, though was powerless to prevent a fourth goal, again from a short corner, towards the end of the game.
Next stop is the other Ben Rhydding Development side and a chance to bounce back with a result that better reflects our performance! Man of the Match to Eeshan, whose positioning and tackling were excellent throughout, earning him praise from the opposition coaches.
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