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COLKETT RESCUES A WELL DESERVED POINT AT BRADFORD CITY

17 September 2016

Bradford City 1-1 Bristol Rovers

Attendance: 17,499 (576)

Rovers came back from a goal behind to earn a well-deserved point at Bradford City.

Charlie Colkett’s first professional goal rescued a point for Rovers to cancel out James Meredith’s header at the Northern Commercials Stadium.

Darrell Clarke named an unchanged side from the team that drew with Walsall at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was a very slow start at the Northern Commercials Stadium with neither side taking control of the game in the early going.

James Hanson’s ability in the air was causing the Rovers defence issues in the first half as the City big man twice headed wide from crosses from James Meredith.

Chances were at a premium for Rovers inside the opening 45 minutes with efforts from Billy Bodin and Matty Taylor both dragged well wide of the goal.

The first real chance of note came from Bradford man Billy Clarke as the City striker was allowed plenty of time on the ball in the middle of the park and tried his luck from long range, but his powerful strike narrowly went over the crossbar.

Rovers continued to look dangerous on the counter attack as Billy Bodin controlled the ball well on his chest before stinging the palms of Colin Doyle before Matty Taylor fired the rebound wide under heavy pressure.

Bradford had a flurry of chances just before half time as James Hanson initially forced a brilliant reaction save from Kelle Roos before heading his second effort over the bar.

It was another slow start to the second half but you could tell that the home side started clicking through the gears as they began to up their tempo as the second half wore on.

The home side continued to look for the head of James Hanson but every time Kelle Roos was off his line quickly to remove any danger whilst at the other end of the field Ellis Harrison picked out Stuart Sinclair on the edge of the area but he dragged his shot well wide.

Play was interrupted on the 65th minute as a drone flew overhead giving referee Andy Haines no choice but to call the players off for their own safety.

The Bantams did take the lead ten minutes after the game restarted as Mark Marshall’s cross from the right hand side took a deflection up into the air which allowed James Meredith to sneak in at the far post to head past Kelle Roos.

On seeing his side go a goal behind, Rovers boss Darrell Clarke made a double substitution bringing Chris Lines and Charlie Colkett into the action and the Chelsea youngster was involved in the action straight away as he fired Rovers level.

After a scramble inside the Bradford penalty area Ellis Harrison got control of the ball and squared it into the path of a rushing Colkett who fired the ball first time past Colin Doyle to score his first professional goal.

Both sides looked for a winner but deep into the eight minutes of injury time, Kelle Roos performed the save of the match as the reacted fantastically to deny Haris Vuckic from close range.

Up next for Rovers is the rearranged fixture with Swindon Town before entertaining Port Vale at the Memorial Stadium next Saturday.

Bradford: Doyle; Darby, Vincelot (C), Knight-Percival, Meredith; Cullen, Law (McNulty – 90), Dieng, Marshall (Morais – 83); Hanson, Clarke (Vuckic – 82).

Unused Substitutes: Sattelmaier (GK), Hiwula, Kilgallon, McMahon.

Rovers: Roos; Leadbitter, Lockyer (C), Hartley, Brown; Bodin (Colkett – 78), Sinclair, Boateng (Lines – 78) , Moore (James – 68); Taylor, Harrison.

Unused Substitutes: Mildenhall (GK), J. Clarke, Easter, Gaffney.

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