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By Matthew Kermode

Bradford City WFC’s start to the season continues to be hampered by the poor weather throughout September and October, with their first team now having four of their first 10 games postponed.

The FAWNL Plate tie against Leeds United will finally go ahead this Sunday (November 3 rd ), almost a month later than originally scheduled, but the clubs have been forced to agree to switch it to Leeds United’s Thorpe Arch 3G facility to avoid any further hold-ups in the tournament calendar.

Providing the Leeds game takes place as planned, it will be the team’s first game in four weeks, which in some ways the club will see as fortunate as they continue the recruitment process for Steve Winterburn’s replacement. City received over 15 applications for the vacant managerial role, which have been whittled down to a final five who will all have been interviewed by the end of next week.

The Reserve team have also been hit badly by the weather, with a number of games at Woodhouse Grove School being postponed. They did return to action last Sunday, despite being heavily depleted by illness, James Wright’s young team came away with a creditable 2-2 draw away to Brighouse Town. The goals coming from a spectacular long range Charlotte Sales effort, and a second half penalty from Meg Maxted after Ellie Mawson was brought down in the box late on.

City will be seeing a lot of their local rivals Leeds in the coming weeks, the Reserves take on United’s Under 23s, before the two first teams will replay their league game that was abandoned last month following the horrific collision between City’s Chelsea Sandford and Leeds’ Molly Havard which saw both players treated on the pitch by paramedics.

In the coming weeks City will begin the recruitment process for a new Chair to allow Sally Thackray to take long-overdue retirement. The club will also be keen to bring in a new Treasurer too. If you are interested in joining the club’s committee, or becoming a player or club sponsor, please contact Secretary Matthew Kermode at

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