Another Draw for the Bantams as Poor Run Continues

It was yet another draw for Bradford as Charles Vernam’s second half strike ensured the points were shared against Northampton. This was City’s third 1-1 draw in a row in League 2, which now means they have won just twice in 13 league games. Frustration is growing for the Bantams, as they are more than matching sides towards the top of the table, but they are failing to get the better of them.

Bradford began the game on the front foot, with Northampton unable to get out of their defensive half. There were just three minutes on the clock when Liam Roberts was first called into action in Northampton’s goal. After some neat link up play between Liam Ridehalgh and Charles Vernam on City’s left flank, Vernam found Callum Cooke in acres of space. Cooke tried his luck from distance, but Roberts was equal to the effort, parrying the ball behind for a corner.

The Bantams failed to make any of their early pressure count, but just before the half hour mark created another opening. Elliot Watt played a defence-splitting pass through towards Charles Vernam. Liam Roberts was swift off his line, and only just beat Vernam to the ball, who would have had an empty net to aim for had he got to the ball first.

The remaining 15 minutes of the first half were scrappy, which set the tone for the second half also. However, with half an hour remaining, Northampton broke the deadlock. Bradford were yet again caught out on the counter attack, with Northampton finding themselves in a four-on-one situation as a result of Finn Cousin-Dawson’s slip. Mitch Pinnock drove the ball forward for the visitors, who decided to go alone, beating Richard O’Donnell rather easily at his near post.

Although, just seven minutes later, Bradford were level. Jon Guthrie failed to clear the ball, which Caolan Lavery latched on to. Lavery played the ball to Vernam on the edge of Northampton’s penalty area, where he cut inside and finished calmly past Roberts.

Neither side got a hold of the game from this point onwards, but Northampton had the best chance of the final 20 minutes. Following a poor clearance, Liam Ridehalgh found himself out of position. This allowed Aaron McGowan plenty of space in Bradford’s area. McGowan turned inside and out before firing an effort towards goal, but the ball strook the side netting.

After six minutes of injury time, the referee’s whistle brought an end to a scrappy game which lacked quality. For Bradford it was another point gained against opposition in the top seven of the league, but yet another game without victory. Derek Adams will be hoping that his side can earn their first league victory of the month away to Tranmere on Tuesday night.

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