Saturday 4 August 2012
Bradford City 0
Bury 3 (McLaughlin O.G 5, John-Lewis 19, Elford-Alliyu 61)
Kick Off: 3.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
City lost out to League 1 Bury in their penultimate friendly of the summer on their return to the Coral Windows Stadium after three months away.
An early own goal from City 'keeper Jon McLaughlin didn't help the Bantams' cause before Lenell John-Lewis doubled Bury's advantage just before the twenty minute mark with a well-taken strike from the edge of the area.
Fellow Shakers striker Lateef Elford-Alliyu then finished off the scoring for the visitors in the second half with an equally clinical finish just after the hour.
As expected, Phil Parkinson named a relatively strong side to face the Lancashire-based Shakers.
With Ritchie Jones not risked due to a knock and Ricky Ravenhill obviously sidelined for the foreseeable future though, Parkinson chose to place James Meredith in central midfield, meaning a starting left back berth for second year apprentice Forrayah Bass.
Meredith did return to his left back slot in the second period, however, as Parkinson used the half to make a number of alterations, including introducing three trialists and apprentice midfielder Scott Brown.
Another one of City's replacements after the restart was summer signing Garry Thompson, who was given the final fourteen minutes of the game after previously missing the Bantams' first four pre-season games with a hamstring injury.
Andrew Davies missed out again with a slight thigh problem, however.
FT: Bradford City 0 Bury 3
90min:Carson has to shoot up to cling onto Gallego's rising drive before Connell can get a touch on it.
88min: SUB -Bury bring on Dalton McLaughlin for Harrop after the Shakers midfielder had earlier picked up a knock following a robust challenge from Brown.
80min:Connell sees a strike from outside the area have the sting taken out of it by a deflection off a Bury defender and the resulting effort on goal is simple enough for Carson.
76min: SUBS -City bring on Garry Thompson and Jack Mills for Reid and Oliver. For Thompson, it is his first action of the summer for City since joining from Scunthorpe United last month. Bury introduce Max Harrop and Jordan Rugg for Schumacher and Elford-Alliyu.
76min:Up for a half-cleared corner, Rory McArdle sends a forceful header a yard or so over Carson's goal following Connell's cross into the box.
70min:Carson just beats the towering Luke Oliver to a hanging free-kick from Reid within the six yard box to tip over as the lurking centre half looks to pounce.
68min: SUB -Alan Connell is brought on for James Hanson for his first action in City colours at Valley Parade.
62 min: SUBS- City bring on Marc Gallego and Scott Brown for Gary Jones and Will Atkinson. Bury replace Efetobore Sodje and Andrai Jones with Phil Picken and Adam Lockwood.
61min GOAL- Bradford City 0 Bury 3 - Elford-Alliyu completes a swift counter-attack from Bury to further increase the visitors' advantage. Former Bantam Steven Schumacher robs Meredith of the ball around the halfway line before surging forward into City territory. Schumacher continues to drive forward with the ball until picking out Elford-Alliyu on the edge of City's area with a curling centre. Taking the ball in his stride, Elford-Alliyu fires a sweetly-struck first time effort past McLaughlin's despairing dive and into the top corner.
57min:John-Lewis fires comfortably over McLaughlin's bar from just outside the area after Andrai Jones had teed up the Bury forward during a promising attack from the visitors.
50min: Wells whips a free-kick from around 25 yards out a few inches wide of Trevor Carson's near post.
46min:The Bantams restart the match.
SUBS HT: City have brought on Nahki Wells and Gavin Hoolahan for Ross Hannah and Forrayah Bass before the start of the second period. Hoolahan will join Gary Jones in central midfield, meaning James Meredith will slot back into his usual left back berth.
HT: Bradford City 0 Bury 2
45min:McLaughlin makes a fine reaction save to keep out volley from point blank range by John-Lewis. The offside flags goes up quickly afterwards to show that the effort wouldn't have counted even if it had beaten McLaughlin, but it is still a great save nevertheless by the Bantams 'keeper.
42min:Reid is back up and running now, however, and looks happy to continue.
40min:Reid is down and receiving treatment from new City physio Matt Barras after being caught by Andrai Jones.
32min:With a number of team-mates well positioned in the middle, Kyel Reid can only balloon a cross well over their heads and out for a throw-in at the far side.
28min:Elford-Alliyu forces McLaughlin into a harder save this time around, however, as the Bantams 'keeper has to get down low to his left to push away a fierce strike from the Bury forward.
25min: A looping effort from outside the area by Elford-Alliyu ends up straight in the arms of McLaughlin.
19min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Bury 2 - The visitors increase their lead just before the twenty-minute mark when Lenell John-Lewis takes advantage of some space on the edge of City's area to drill a well-struck strike into the bottom corner.
7min:Bury's Lateef Elford-Alliyu fires a yard or so wide of McLaughlin's near post with a low driven effort.
5min: GOAL - Bradford City 0 Bury 1 - Horror moment for Jon McLaughlin as he slices an attempted clearance into his own net. Rory McArdle sends a bouncing back-pass the way of the City 'keeper and McLaughlin can only watch on in dismay as his half-volleyed effort spins off his boot and bounces into an unguarded goal.
0min:Bury kick off the friendly.
City's starting formation
DARBY MCARDLE OLIVER BASS
ATKINSON MEREDITH G JONES REID
|1. Jon McLaughlin||1. Trevor Carson|
|2. Stephen Darby||3. Joe Skarz|
|3. James Meredith||6. Peter Sweeney|
|4. Forrayah Bass||7. David Worrall|
|5. Rory McArdle||8. Steven Schumacher (c)|
|6. Luke Oliver||12. Lenell John-Lewis|
|7. Kyel Reid||13. Mark Carrington|
|8. Gary Jones (c)||15. Lateef Elford-Alliyu|
|9. James Hanson||16. Efetobore Sodje|
|10. Ross Hannah||17. Mark Hughes|
|22. Will Atkinson||21. Andrai Jones|
|13. Matt Duke (GK)||30. Cameron Belford (GK)|
|11. Garry Thompson for 7 (76)||2. Phil Picken for 21 (62)|
|14. Gavin Hoolahan for 4 (46)||4. Jordan Rugg for 15 (76)|
|16. Marc Gallego for 22 (62)||5. Adam Lockwood for 16 (62)|
|17. Alan Connell for 9 (68)||11. Marcus Marshall|
|18. Jack Mills for 6 (76)||18. Max Harrop for 8 (76)|
|19. Adam Baker||22. Jordan Melia|
|20. Scott Brown for 8 (62)||23 Dalton McLaughlin for 18 (88)|
|21. Nahki Wells for 10 (46)||24 Liam Boswell|
|26 Luke McCarthy|