By Chris Routledge
This week’s game was at home to Stockport County, a team without a win this season but had performed well in previous matches only losing out to table topping Brighouse Town 1-0 last weekend.
City were without a couple of key players, club captain Zoe Roberts was out injured and Chelsea Stanford is still recovering from a nasty cut to the head sustained playing against Leeds United.
In the early stages City struggled to get into the game, Stockport were making good use of the wide areas putting in some dangerous crosses. The opening goal of the game came on around 15 minutes from a Stockport corner that was swung in from the right hand side, there was some jostling in the crowded area and a Stockport header deflected off a couple of players and found its way into the net. The second came a couple of minutes later, one of those dangerous balls crossed in from the wide area but this time the finish from Stockport was an unstoppable volley into the net.
City started to get into the game after the second goal, Falone Sumaili heading the ball against the foot of the post and Meg Maxted having a shot well saved by the Stockport keeper and were somewhat unfortunate to concede a 30th minute penalty when keeper Aimee Routledge collided with the Stockport striker who had broken through the defence and was closing in on goal, Routledge went the right way but couldn’t stop the well taken penalty.
Half Time - Bradford City 0 - 3 Stockport
In the second half, City manager Steve Winterburn brought on Jemma White and Jenny Clark to try and regain control in the midfield battle and City started to dominate, it was their turn to use the wings but the Stockport defence stood firm. City found themselves four down after what were now rare attacks from Stockport, the finish was another unstoppable strike from 15 yards out when the ball broke to the Stockport striker in the area.
With five minutes to go City got a goal back, which they did deserve, Sumaili latched onto a back pass after some good closing down, she intercepted the ball on the edge of the area, rounded the keeper and walked the ball into the Stockport net.
Full Time - Bradford City 1 - 4 Stockport
Missing players, a slow start and missed chances all cost City today, they will have to sharpen up if they stand any chance of getting anything from Liverpool Feds next week who comfortably beat Norton & Stockton today 5-0.
Bradford City Reserves also had a disappointing day, going down 6-0 at home to a rampant Blackburn Rovers side at Rawdon Meadows.
Photos courtesy - Alex Daniels