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City suffer defeat against Bradford City

By Bradley Saxton | 16th July 2022
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LNER Community Stadium
Saturday 16th Jul - 15:00

The Minstermen suffered defeat at the hands of League Two side Bradford City as they continued their pre-season preparations.

John Askey named a much-changed starting eleven from the one that featured against Middlesbrough last Friday evening, opting for his favoured 4-3-3 formation, which saw Maxim Kouogun and Sam Sanders paired together in the heart of defence for the first time since May’s National League North playoff final win.

Maziar Kouhyar and Manny Duku started out-wide after both impressing against Boro last time out, whilst Scott Boden was chosen to lead the line for the Minstermen up-top.

The visitors had the games’ first real chance after only five minutes through Emmanuel Osadebe as he capitalised on a mistake at the back by City left back Alex Whittle, but he failed to trouble goalkeeper Ryan Whitley as his shot on goal flew well over the bar from the edge of the area.

Bradford took the lead after 13 minutes at the LNER Community Stadium through midfielder Kian Scales. Lee Angol ran at the City defence on the left-hand side after York had given the ball away, he had Scales outside of him on the overlap, he played in the midfielder who stroked the ball home from a tight angle to give the West Yorkshire side the lead.

They extended their lead after 24 minutes when Jamie Walker crossed the ball centrally for striker Andy Cook at the far post, who steered the ball back across goal and into the bottom-left corner with a well struck left-footed volley.

Cook missed a brilliant opportunity to make it three for the visitors from close-range ten minutes later as he drilled a strike well wide of goal, after turning Sanders in the penalty area, before Scales went close again for Bradford having a strike towards goal deflected wide for a corner.

The home side’s chances were limited in the first-half but they had a couple of chances as they looked to find a way back into the game. Kouhyar curled a free-kick wide across the face of goal from 20-yards out from the right-hand side, before right back Ryan Fallowfield was denied by Bradford keeper Harry Lewis from a tight angle minutes before half-time.

Bradford hit City immediately after the break as they made it 3-0. Lee Angol raced clear through on goal to meet a perfectly-timed through ball and he struck the ball calmly and composed across the face of Ethan Ross’ goal two minutes into the second half.

Substitute Jake Young linked up well with Walker for Bradford as he tried to find his side’s fourth goal of the afternoon minutes later, but a smart save by Ross denied the Bradford substitute from close-range as he looked to extend his side’s lead even further.

Lenell John-Lewis pulled a goal back for the Minstermen in the 63rd minute, connecting with an Olly Dyson cross into the area from the right and he fired home from point-blank range on the volley to find York a way back into the game.

The visitors showed their football league class late on in the second-half as they put the game to bed with their fourth goal of the afternoon. A low cross into the area from the right-hand side was met by forward Kian Harratt, who turned a defender in the penalty area before smashing the ball home into the roof of the net beyond Ross from close-range.

The Minstermen will look to find their first win of pre-season on Tuesday evening when they travel to take on Northern Premier League side Guiseley at Nethermoor Park in their third pre-season game ahead of the new campaign (7:30pm kick-off).


York City: Whitley (GK) (Ross 46’), Fallowfield (Trialist A 46’), Kouogun, Sanders (Crookes 46’), Whittle, Greaves (Mafuta 46’), Burgess (Dyson 46’), Hancox (C) (McLaughlin 46’), Duku (James 46’), Boden (John-Lewis 46’), Kouhyar (Hurst 46’)

Unused Subs: Dale, Trialist B

Goals: John-Lewis (63’)


Bradford City: Lewis (GK), Halliday (Sutton 46’), Fouldes (Crichlow 46’), Staunton (Cousin-Dawson 62’), Platt (Songo’o 46’), Smallwood (East 46’), Osadebe (Harratt 46’), Scales (Wood 77’), Cook (Young 46’), Walker (Threlkeld 62’), Angol

Unused Subs: Richardson


Goals: Scales (13’), Cook (24’), Angol (47’), Harratt (80’)


Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 2,411 (938 away supporters)

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