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Posted Tue 11 Feb 14 at 11:20 AM

Bradford Banished

Alan Lord's men produced another performance of character, guts and determination to overcome a spirited Bradford Park Avenue side to keep their momentum and current strong run of form alive.


After being given the go ahead at 2pm, the pitch struggled to hold up from the off and County had to adjust their game accordingly, choosing to use the flanks where Howard and Moke threatened the full backs or by putting the ball in behind the Bradford defence where the ever willing Oates chased and harried to cause problems.


The first chance of the night fell to the returning Moses. A corner was cleared to the edge of the box where Tunji was able to control and smash the ball goal wards only for it to be deflected wide for another corner. Roared on by another fantastic following, County made the early running and Moke went close when good work from Oates played Moke in but as he cut inside his shot cleared the crossbar.


Rhys Oates continued to prove a willing runner and the on loan Barnsley striker was nearly rewarded with his first goal for the club midway through the first half. Moke crossed from the right once more and the retreating Bradford defence miscued their clearance which fell to Oates but his first time strike was into the ground which took the pace out of it and allowed the keeper to save.


Another Moke half chance was skewed wide and at the back Cowen and Lees were being tested on a difficult night for defenders. Half time arrived with County shading a scrappy encounter.


Bradford PA came out of the traps quickest in the second half and Dibble had to be alert to punch clear a corner. The back four were standing firm once again, as they have been so well in recent games, and when required Dibble was providing support, racing off his line on a number of occasions to clear dangerous balls in behind the County back four. A shot from the edge of the box gave Dibble the chance to show off his reflexes as he palmed wide at full stretch for the save of the night.


Alan Lord tried to wrestle back the initiative after a slow start to the second half for County by introducing Dickinson for Moke. Oates nearly found himself through on goal but his touch allowed the keeper to smother, and then shortly afterwards he shot over the bar after yet more persistent work.


County's break came as Oates raced clear once more only to be felled by a clumsy challenge in the box to give captain Phil Jevons the chance to break the deadlock from the spot. He calmly sent the keeper the wrong way and raced over to the County fans who mobbed him and his colleagues on the surrounding running track.


Bradford pushed hard for an equaliser and once again the back four and Dibble had to stand up to be counted to see off an increasingly determined threat. Time and time again Cowen and Lees were required head balls clear and both Jacobs and Duxbury were giving typically assured displays.


Howard nearly made the game safe on the break as he raced clear and beat the keeper but his goal bound shot slowed in the mud and was cleared off the line.


County were thankful to Dibble once more as an injury time shot was blocked wide. The resulting corner kick was cleared to the halfway line where Iain Howard summoned up incredible reserves of energy to sprint clear once more. This time he made no mistake in rounding the keeper and slotting home to secure the points. Cue pandemonium once more as every County player went the celebrate with the vociferous travelling supporters.


Moments later the referee blew the final whistle and those same supporters gave County and their manager an enthusiastic ovation, clearly showing their appreciation for such a hard fought win.

Bradford PA 0-2 Stockport Co (Jevons pen 74, Howard 92)

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