A flat performance from FC Halifax Town in front of an empty stadium brings pre-season to an end as Bradford City put three past the Shaymen in the second half with substitutes Omari Patrick and Ellis Hudson the difference.
At a windy, empty MBi Shay Stadium all the fans that missed out coming to the final pre-season friendly for Billy Heath’s side didn’t miss out on too much action in the first half.
A number of corners and set pieces delivered by the impressive Connor Oliver were about as good as it got for The Shaymen in the opening forty five minutes.
In the third minute Oliver’s corner found centre back and last season’s player of the year Scott garner but he turned his header wide.
A bright spark in the game and especially in the first half was young winger Josh MacDonald as the former Middlesbrough youngster was a handful on the right hand side. He was a handful as his pace and quick feet caused Bradford full back Adam Chicksen troubles throughout
MacDonald created arguably Halifax’s best chance of the half as his low whipped ball found Denton’s right foot but his volley was brilliantly saved and turned around the post by Colin Doyle in the Bradford Goal.
Bradford did have a wonderful chance to go ahead in the first half as Jones pushed captain Matty Brown off the ball but blazed his shot high and wide.
Bradford did take the lead very early in the second half as substitute Omari Patrick found the net from 6 yards out. Strike partner Alex Jones squared him the ball, after a quick break from the league 1 side.
City looked to dominate the start of the second half as they continued to press for a second. With more early chances in the second 45 minutes. Patrick looked a hungry for more goals as he played a neat one-two with Jones but his shot was stopped by Sam Johnson.
Patrick continued to look lively throughout the second half as he kept on creating chances for the away side.
However it was fellow substitute that made the biggest impact for Bradford City. Ellis Hudson entered the field of play with roughly 15 minutes to go and managed to find himself on the scoresheet twice.
His first came with one of his first touches as Nicky Law drove forward for Bradford. The busy midfielder had plenty of options with Town caught wondering. Law played in Hudson on the right hand side and the striker fired his shot across goal and past Sam Johnson into the net.
Hudson’s second was a bizarre goal as a long punt forward found the substitute. Everyone seemed to stop except the goal scorer who jogged through and chipped the ball around an advancing Johnson.
Colin Doyle had very little to do in the second half with the home team looking tired and producing almost zero chances.
Charles had one chance where he was played through from Denton’s flick on but the loanee was unable to fully control the ball and cut back inside of the approaching defender.
Dixon tried to recreate something similar to his goal on Monday night against North Ferriby but he sliced an ambitious half volley high, wide and into an empty stand.
Billy Heath’s men looked tired and leggy in the second half and with the season starting next week this isn’t a good sign. Hopefully the players were missing that extra motivation from the crowd and will be able to produce the goods when it matters next week.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Cliff Moyo (39), 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Adam Morgan, 5 Scott Garner, 6 Matthew Brown ©, 7 Matty Kosylo, 8 Nathan Hotte, 9 Tom Denton, 10 Connor Oliver, 11 Josh Macdonald.
Subs: 12 Dion Charles, 13 Tom Nicholson, 14 Scott Mcmanus, 15 David Lynch, 16 Bohan Dixon, 17 Ben Tomlinson, 18 Mark Ross (39), 19 Danny Clarke, 20 Liam King, 21 Jake Hibbs.
Bradford City: 1 Colin Doyle, 2 Tony McMahon, 3, Adam Chicksen, 4 Jake Reeves, 5 Nathaniel Knight-Percival, 7 Nicky Law, 8 Timothee Dieng, 11 Shay Mccartan 14 Romain Vincelot ©, 15 Alex Jones, 17 Alex Gilliead.
Subs: 12 Roman Sattelmaier, 5 Matthew KIlgallon, 10 Omari Patrick, 16 Daniel Pybus, 18 Jacob Hanson, 11 Daniel Devine, 20 Ellis Hudson.
Man of the Match- Josh MacDonald.
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