Bradford City 2 Bury 1: Bantams’ win dishes out dual blow to Bury

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Bradford City ended fourth-placed Bury’s 10-match unbeaten record with this win at Valley Parade. Their victory also ended Bury’s 17-match unbeaten away record that stretched back to January.

Both sides struggled to create chances in an evenly fought first half before Bradford defender Rory McArdle broke the deadlock in stoppage time.

Winger Kyel Reid won a corner on the left after the Bantams were denied a free-kick on the edge of the box and when Tony McMahon swung the flag kick into the box, McArdle timed his run to perfection to score with a powerful header.

Three minutes before the goal, leading scorer Devante Cole had seen his looping header pass narrowly wide from Reid’s cross while Bury’s best first-half effort came in the 40th minute when Leon Clarke’s close-range header flashed inches over from Joe Riley’s corner.

Bradford increased their lead in the 51st minute when thy won a corner on the left conceded by Leon Clarke after the striker almost put the ball into his own net in trying to block a cross.

McMahon’s corner found Reece Burke and the defender’s header was helped into the net by Reece Brown. Substitute Danny Rose scored a consolation goal in stoppage time.

Bradford City: Williams, Darby, McArdle, Burke, Meredith, McMahon, Evans, Knott, Reid (Marshall 81), Cole (James 88), Davies (Hanson 55). Unused substitutes: Jones, Liddle, N Clarke, Leigh.

Bury: Lainton, Riley, P Clarke, Cameron, Pugh (Hope 20, Pope 53), Soares, Brown (Rose 62), Jones, Mayor, Mellis, L Clarke. Unused substitutes: Ruddy, Sedgwick, Burgess, Mohammed.

Referee: Darren Bond (Lancashire).

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