Bradford were unable to breach Colchester’s defence on a pretty uneventful evening, and could have very easily lost the game very late on had Freddie Sears been able to slot the ball past an onrushing Sam Hornby. The game was brought to a close soon after, meaning the Bantams winless run in the league has been extended to six games.
Most of the attacking action took place during the opening 20 minutes of the game. Bradford began the game on the front foot, and forced Colchester ‘keeper Jake Turner into an early save. Oscar Threlkeld’s cross was deflected into the path of Lee Angol on the edge of the area. The ball fell nicely for Angol, who volleyed goalward, but Turner was equal to the effort, parrying the ball away from danger.
Less than ten minutes later, Bradford fashioned another opening. Elliot Watt played an exquisite 40-yard pass to Alex Gilliead, who managed to get the better of Tommy Smith. Gilliead drove into the box, and picked out Theo Robinson. After a good first touch, Robinson fired the ball towards goal, but a Colchester defender managed to get his body in the way.
In the next attack, Liam Ridehalgh went long, managing to pick out Robinson. The striker’s first touch was loose, but no Colchester defenders reacted, allowing Robinson to latch onto his poor touch and volley ferociously towards goal, but Turner was equal to it once more.
For the remainder of the half however, Bradford lost their attacking spark, and were unable to break down Colchester’s experienced back line. Following half time, it was Colchester this time who started brightly.
Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu came out on top in a midfield duel with Yann Songo’o, and was able to play Alan Judge in on goal. Judge settled himself, and tried to find the far corner, but Sam Hornby had made himself big and was able to save well. Although, the ball fell to Armando Dobra on the edge of the area, but he hit the rebound over the bar.
Colchester were unable to build on this early chance in the second half, as Bradford had most of the possession. Despite having the majority of the ball, Derek Adams’ side moved the ball too slowly, and really struggled to find the cutting edge that was required. And in the final minute of the 90, they were very nearly punished.
After heading clear a long ball, Niall Canavan found himself out of position. This allowed Freddie Sears to run into space, who was picked out with an excellent ball over the top. Sears was able to control the ball, but this allowed Sam Hornby to come out of his area and narrow the angle. Sears fired straight at Hornby, failing to make the most of the best chance of the game.
The fourth official signalled that four minutes of added time would be played, but City failed to create any more chances before the full-time whistle. It was yet another draw for Derek Adams’ side, who now find themselves in the bottom half of League 2, and six points from the Playoff places. Bradford come up against high-flying Sutton United next, hoping to bring their winless run to an end.