December 4, 2012
Bantams breeze to victory
Bradford remain in all three cup competitions after two second-half goals sent them into the Northern Area semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 2-0 victory at Port Vale.
Both sides showed plenty of attacking intent in a lively first half and it was a surprise the opening 45 minutes ended goalless.
But Bradford scored just 47 seconds after the interval when fine play by Garry Thompson set up Ritchie Jones to side-foot a perfect shot low inside Chris Neal's left-hand post from 16 yards.
Vale fans were incensed in the 53rd minute when Jennison Myrie-Williams was booked for diving after he looked to have been tripped in the penalty area by Carl McHugh.
And it turned out to be a big call by referee Darren Drysdale as the unmarked Craig Forsyth tucked a 14-yard shot inside Neal's right-hand post following more excellent work by Thompson just two minutes later.
Vale boss Micky Adams reverted to three at the back and pushed skipper Doug Loft further up the pitch in an attempt to get back into the contest.
But the nearest they came to a consolation was a fierce shot by Myrie-Williams which the impressive Jon McLaughlin safely gathered nine minutes from time.
|Port Vale||Bradford City|
|1 Chris Neal||1 Jon McLaughlan|
|25 Liam Chilvers||2 Stephen Darby|
|2 Adam Yates||25 Tom Naylor|
|5 John McCombe||16 Carl McHugh|
|20 Sean McAllister||27 Curtis Good|
|7 Doug Loft||4 Richard Ravenhill|
|9 Jennison Myrie-Williams||11 Garry Thompson|
|18 Sam Morsy||8 Ritchie Jones|
|10 Ashley Vincent||15 Craig Forsyth|
|16 Calvin Andrew||26 Blair Turgott|
|19 Ben Williamson||17 Alan Connell|
|17 Joe Davis||Matt Duke 12|
|15 Chris Shuker||Gary Jones 18|
|3 Robert Taylor||Nathan Doyle 24|
|22 Ryan Lloyd||James Hanson 9|
|8 Louis Dodds||Nahki Wells 21|
|Louis Dodds for Ben Williamson (46)||Nathan Doyle for Stephen Darby (61)|
|Chris Shuker for Calvin Andrew (58)||Gary Jones for Blair Turgott (62)|
|Robert Taylor for Sean McAllister (58)||James Hanson for Garry Thompson (72)|
|Jennison Myrie-Williams (54)||Alan Connell (45)|
|Carl McHugh (45)|
|James Hanson (88)|
|· Squads: Port Vale | Bradford City|