By Sebastian Sternik
Eccleshill United 0-3 Bradford City
Goals: Robinson 70’, Pybus 79’ 90’
Goals from Tyrell Robinson and Daniel Pybus earned Bradford their second pre-season win in 2 days.
Despite fielding a number of first team players, Bradford got off to a very slow start.
In fact, the most threating opportunity in the opening exchanges was created by Eccleshill as Scott Manning raced down the near side and found striker Marcus Edwards in the area. He then produced a low cross which minimally missed his team mates who were waiting to pounce.
Bradford did control possession but most of their shots were fired from outside the 18 yard box.
The visitor’s did eventually break down the Eccleshill defence and created their best chance on the half hour mark. Alex Jones dispossessed Matt Mathers and found himself one to one with the keeper. His effort though went wide of the post.
The second half began much like the first with the visitors testing the goalie from distance. However, as time went by Eccleshill seemed to gain more confidence and began to test the resolve of this Bradford defence.
First it was substitute Chris Lever who put Rouven Sattelmaier to the test. A powerful strike from the edge of the area was well saved by the Bradford shot stopper.
No more than a minute later, the keeper was put to the test once more. This time it was Edwards whose solid strike was well dealt with.
With 70 minutes gone, Tyrell Robinson finally broke the deadlock. His superb individual run saw him skip past a couple of defenders and finish with a well-placed strike.
Bradford seemed to find their scoring boots as only nine minutes later, Daniel Pybus doubled the visitor’s lead. It was a well worked goal which saw an unmarked Pybus put the ball away from around 12 yards out.
McCall’s side landed one final blow just before the full time whistle. Alex Gilliead found Pybus in a similar position to his first goal. Just like then, he managed to slot this one in too and give Bradford a 3-0 lead.
Before kick-off, many spectators had already written off Eccleshill. However, Sean Regan’s side proved more resolute then first expected. Bradford had fielded more first team players then first anticipated and yet, it still took them 70 minutes to open the scoring.
While it might not be a reason to panic, its fair to say that Bradford’s preseason campaign hasn’t gone as smoothly as many anticipated.