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RAMPANT UNDER-18s WIN REPLAYED FIXTURE

26 October 2019

City’s under-18s side recorded back-to-back league victories with a 5-0 triumph at home to Chesterfield.

In a replayed affair - after the original fixture was abandoned, in August - the young Bantams took all three points with a dominant performance.

Mark Trueman’s men demonstrated their superiority early on and grabbed the first goal of the encounter - courtesy of Eliot Goldthorp.

The midfielder was gifted possession before smashing the ball in, putting City in front - inside the opening 12 minutes.

Despite conceding first, the Spireites had a chance to equalise through Mitchell Clogg.

The No.9 gained possession after a miscalculated pass from Bantams keeper Darryl Ombang, however could not make the home side pay, with his effort turned away for a corner.

Even after a few openings of their own, the pressure on the visitors mounted and City doubled their advantage.

Being played in by Connor Shanks, Charlie Wood flicked the ball onto his right foot and curled in, making it two - just after the half-hour mark.

Despite now having breathing space, the Bantams were hungry for more and made it three - six minutes after the restart.

After a threaded through ball from Shanks, fellow midfielder Kian Scales dribbled past his man before chipping the ball delicately over goalkeeper Kurtis England.

The young Bantams were not finished and extended their lead even further - this time through Wade Ripley.

The forward - who has been recently sidelined through injury - jinked his way through a crowded penalty area before poking home to make it 4-0.

With the end of the match beckoning, City completed the rout - in injury time.

Second-half substitute Oliver Norman pounced onto a parried save from England to prod in and seal a comprehensive victory.

CITY: Darryl Ombang; Hayden Smethurst © (booked 64’), Finn Cousin-Dawson, Jorge Sikora (booked 75’), Harvey Rowe; Eliot Goldthorp (booked 66’) (Oliver Norman 72’), Kian Scales (Olivier Sukiennicki 56’), Connor Shanks (Wade Ripley 56’); Dan Francis (booked 58’) (Jonny White 72’), Charlie Wood, Connor Morris.

GOALS: Eliot Goldthorp (12’), Connor Shanks (32’), Kian Scales (51’), Wade Ripley (66’), Oliver Norman (90+3’).

CHESTERFIELD: Kurtis England; Kian Tansley (Benjamin Garwood 63’), Chandler Gibson, Callum Brook (booked 35’) (Callum Barlow 74’) , Jared Wild (booked 78’); Connor Emery ©, Matthew Fuertado, Brandon Bradbury (Alexander Netherwood 60’), Javanne Smith; Mitchell Clogg, Joshua Turner (Samuel Geeves 60’). Subs (not used): Dylan Wharton.

GOALS: None.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Harvey Rowe.


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