F.A Cup Second Round
Bradford City 4 (Clarke 10, Stead 31, Morais 58, Yeates 59)
Dartford 1 (Noble 64)
Kick Off: 2.00pm
at the Coral Windows Stadium
Attendance: 5,373 (471 visitors)
The Bantams cruised into the F.A Cup third round with a comfortable victory over Vanarama Conference side Dartford.
Goals from Billy Clarke, Jon Stead, Filipe Morais and Mark Yeates capped off a professional performance from Phil Parkinson's men as they deservedly secured their spot in the third round draw for only the second time in eleven years.
On the same day that Worcester City and Chester upset the odds by gaining draws at League 1 clubs, City didn't have any such problems with their Kent-based visitors. Fresh from their goals against Leyton Orient last weekend, strikes from Clarke and Stead gave the Bantams a two-goal advantage at the interval.
Morais and Yeates then put the tie beyond Dartford with two well-taken efforts roughly within a minute of each other just before the hour mark.
With the tie just about won, Parkinson took over skipper Stephen Darby as a precaution due to a minor calf strain.
Much to the joy of their vocal 471 visitors, Dartford did pull a goal back in the 64th minute when Lee Noble flicked home from close range following Rory McAuley's low cross into the area.
Despite that minor disappointment for Parkinson's men, however, City were always at least a couple of steps up on their opponents as they saw out the remaining half an hour or so of their second round contest with relative ease.
FT: Bradford City 4 Dartford 1
90+3min: Morais tries his luck from outside the box and his clipped effort flies narrowly over Dartford's bar.
90min: There will be four minutes of time added on at the end of the match.
90min: Yeates' driven ball across the six yard box is spilled by Brown but Mitchel-King is on hand to kick clear.
84min: SUB - The Bantams bring on James Hanson for Stead.
80min: SUB - The Bantams bring on Francois Zoko for Clarke.
75min: A mis-placed back-pass from Mitchel-King has Stead interested as he tries to close down Brown but the 'keeper just about manages to side-step him before being brought down by the forward.
74min: Stead's cut-back from the byline finds the run of Liddle in the middle but the midfielder's powerful strike for goal from around twelve yards out is blocked by the diving frame of Mitchel-King.
73min: As City struggle to clear a free-kick delivery from deep into their box, Noble latches onto a loose ball just outside the area before firing in a rising drive that Williams has to turn around the post with a smart reflex save on the stretch.
72min: A flicked pass off the boot of Clarke finds Stead, who volleys narrowly wide of Brown's far corner with an effort from just inside the area.
71min: SUB - Dartford bring on Bradley Tarbuck for Tom Bradbrook.
69min: Yeates, who is in a similar position to when he scored his goal, runs at a retreating McAuley but this time his effort doesn't have enough curl on it and flies wide of the far post.
68min: SUB - Dartford bring on Luke Daley for Hayes.
65min: SUB - Dartford bring on Tom Bender for Collier.
64min: GOAL - Bradford City 4 Dartford 1 - The visitors have a goal back when McAuley sends a low ball into the area that just evades McArdle before finding Lee Noble, who flicks the ball past Williams with a scrambled back-heel that creeps in off the far post.
62min: Running at Collier over on City's right flank, Morais fires over a cross that loops up off the defender before dropping behind a back-pedalling Brown and narrowly over Dartford's bar for a corner.
62min: Harris takes aim from outside the box but his low drive is comfortably held thanks to a save to his right by Williams.
60min: SUB - With the tie now seemingly won, City bring off Darby for Christopher Routis. The Frenchman will replace Darby at right back, with Davies taking over the captain's armband.
59min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 4 Dartford 0 - Less than a minute later, Clarke tees up Yeates to make in four for the Bantams! Yeates cuts inside from a wide position on the left flank before curling a right-footed effort into the far corner past a helpless Brown from just inside the area.
58min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 3 Dartford 0 - Morais has the goal his performance has deserved! After Elliot Bradbrook had headed out Yeates' corner delivery, Morais picks up the loose ball just outside the area before firing in a fierce drive that takes a slight deflection off Collier on its way through into the back of Brown's net.
57min: Stead testing ball across the six yard box is vitally hacked behind by McAuley with Morais waiting over by the far post for a simple close range tap-in.
52min: Clarke's teasing cross into the middle has to be headed over his own bar by Elliot Bradbrook from within the six yard box.
46min: Knott robs Sweeney of the ball just wide of the Dartford penalty area before feeding Clarke into space just outside the six yard box. Clarke fires for goal with his favoured left foot but his effort flashes wide of Brown's near post.
46min: The Bantams restart the tie.
HT: Bradford City 2 Dartford 0
45+1min: The ball drops invitingly into the path of Tom Bradbrook deep inside City's area but his strike for goal is blocked by the diving frame of Rory McArdle.
45min: There will be one minute of time added on at the end of the first period.
45min: Andrew Davies sees a header kicked clear from in front of his own line by Sweeney following Yeates' corner delivery into the box. City keep the attack alive for a good few seconds later more but the threat to Dartford's goal eventually ends when Morais slices a shot wide of Brown's near post from just outside the area.
40min: Clarke's cross into the middle finds Morais, who himself then lays the ball back to Knott on the edge of the box. Knott fires for goal but the effort, not for the first time, is blocked by Elliot Bradbrook. Yeates fires for goal seconds later from outside the box but the effort is comfortably wide of the target.
35min: Darby sends the ball over into the middle and Clarke stretches up to reach the cross but his downward header is right at Brown from around six yards out.
35min: Stead moves into a shooting position just outside the box but his left-footed drive is straight into Brown's mid-drift.
31min: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 2 Dartford 0 - Stead doubles City's lead when he stretches to connect with Yeates' low cut-back to place the ball low into Brown's far bottom corner.
30min: Mark Yeates lines up a shot for goal from just outside the area but the effort is blocked sharply by Elliot Bradbrook. Seconds later, Stead fires the ball invitingly low across the six yard box and Mitchel-King has to stretch out a leg to divert the ball past his own far post.
28min: Peter Sweeney's free-kick delivery into the area from deep is flicked on by McAuley but the effort bounces comfortably wide of Williams' goal.
27min: Meredith's cross into the area is headed away by Nathan Collier but the ball drops free just outside the box into the path of the lurking Stephen Darby. The right back steadies himself before firing in a rising half volley that whistles narrowly wide of Brown's far post.
24min: A quick one-two between Stead and Filipe Morais allows the former to get a shot in towards goal but the angled effort from close range is blocked by his near post by Elliot Bradbrook.
20min: Billy Knott's floated cross towards the far post is headed back by Clarke into the path of Stead but the striker's goal-bound effort from the edge of the box is kicked away by the well-placed Elliot Bradbrook.
18min: Filipe Morais' teasing cross into the middle is met by Clarke but the striker's first time volley from just outside the six yard box whistles narrowly over Brown's bar.
14min: Stead flicks on a ball forward into the path of Clarke, who side-steps Mitchel-King before dragging a low drive from outside the area wide of Jason Brown's goal.
12min: Gary Liddle tries to find Stead on the edge of the area with a clipped ball forward. Rory McAuley narrowly beats Stead in the air to the attempted pass but Clarke is onto the loose ball in a flash, volleying narrowly wide with a crisp strike from just outside the box.
10min: GOAL!!!!!!!!! Bradford City 1 Dartford 0 - The Bantams have the lead through Clarke! Jon Stead sends a low ball across the six yard box and Clarke is on hand to scramble it into the net from close range.
5min: James Meredith's low cross into the area is picked up by Billy Clarke but the forward's shot on the turn is blocked by Mat Mitchel-King.
4min: A Dartford free-kick from their own half is flicked on by the head of Tom Bradbrook into the path of Danny Harris, who toe-pokes an effort from just inside the area narrowly wide of Ben Williams' near post.
0min: Dartford kick off the tie. City will attack towards the T.L Dallas Stand end in the first period.
BRADFORD CITY LINE UP
Williams, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Morais, Liddle, Knott, Yeates, Clarke, Stead
Subs: Urwin, Sheehan, Hanson, Zoko, Kennedy, Routis, Halliday
Bradford City changes:
Routis for Darby (60), Zoko for Clarke (80), Hanson for Stead (84)
DARTFORD LINE UP
Brown, Collier, McAuley, Mitchel-King, Cornhill, E Bradbrook, Noble, Sweeney, Hayes, Harris, T Bradbrook
Subs: Ibrahim, Bender, Daley, Tarbuck, Vint, Dembele
Bender for Collier (65), Daley for Hayes (68), Tarbuck for T Bradbrook (71)
Referee: A Woolmer
Assistant Referee: S Copeland
Assistant Referee: A Clayton
Fourth Official: M Hanley